What does politic mean?

Definitions for politic
ˈpɒl ɪ tɪkpolitic

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. politicadjective

    marked by artful prudence, expedience, and shrewdness

    "it is neither polite nor politic to get into other people's quarrels"; "a politic decision"; "a politic manager"; "a politic old scoundrel"; "a shrewd and politic reply"

  2. politic, smooth, suave, blandadjective

    smoothly agreeable and courteous with a degree of sophistication

    "he was too politic to quarrel with so important a personage"; "the manager pacified the customer with a smooth apology for the error"


  1. politicadjective

    Shrewd, prudent and expedient.

  2. politicadjective

    Discreet and diplomatic.

  3. politicadjective

    Artful, crafty or cunning.

  4. Etymology: πολίτης.


  1. politic

    Politics (from Greek: Πολιτικά, politiká, 'affairs of the cities') is the set of activities that are associated with making decisions in groups, or other forms of power relations among individuals, such as the distribution of resources or status. The branch of social science that studies politics and government is referred to as political science. It may be used positively in the context of a "political solution" which is compromising and nonviolent, or descriptively as "the art or science of government", but also often carries a negative connotation. The concept has been defined in various ways, and different approaches have fundamentally differing views on whether it should be used extensively or limitedly, empirically or normatively, and on whether conflict or co-operation is more essential to it. A variety of methods are deployed in politics, which include promoting one's own political views among people, negotiation with other political subjects, making laws, and exercising internal and external force, including warfare against adversaries. Politics is exercised on a wide range of social levels, from clans and tribes of traditional societies, through modern local governments, companies and institutions up to sovereign states, to the international level. In modern nation states, people often form political parties to represent their ideas. Members of a party often agree to take the same position on many issues and agree to support the same changes to law and the same leaders. An election is usually a competition between different parties. A political system is a framework which defines acceptable political methods within a society. The history of political thought can be traced back to early antiquity, with seminal works such as Plato's Republic and Aristotle's Politics in the West, and Confucius's political manuscripts and Chanakya's Arthashastra in the non-Western cultures.


  1. politic

    Politic is an adjective that refers to something showing good judgment, wisdom, or shrewdness, often in a manipulative way, particularly in the management of public affairs, policies, or people. It can also describe something that is marked by tact, pragmatism, and expediency, specifically in achieving a particular outcome or in avoiding offense.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Politicadjective

    of or pertaining to polity, or civil government; political; as, the body politic. See under Body

  2. Politicadjective

    pertaining to, or promoting, a policy, especially a national policy; well-devised; adapted to its end, whether right or wrong; -- said of things; as, a politic treaty

  3. Politicadjective

    sagacious in promoting a policy; ingenious in devising and advancing a system of management; devoted to a scheme or system rather than to a principle; hence, in a good sense, wise; prudent; sagacious; and in a bad sense, artful; unscrupulous; cunning; -- said of persons

  4. Politicnoun

    a politician

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Politic

    pōl′i-tik, adj. pertaining to policy: well-devised: judicious in management: skilled in political affairs: prudent: discreet: cunning: (Shak.) concerned with politics.—adj. Polit′ical, pertaining to polity or government: pertaining to nations, or to parties in a nation who differ in their views of how it ought to be governed: derived from government.—adv. Polit′ically.—ns. Polit′icaster (Milt.), a petty politician; Politic′ian, one versed in or devoted to politics: a man of artifice and cunning.—adj. (Milt.) politic.—adv. Pol′iticly.—n.sing. Pol′itics, the art or science of government: the management of a political party: political affairs or opinions.—adj. Pol′itique (Bacon), political, civil.—n. Pol′ity, the constitution of the government of a state or an institution: civil constitution: a body of people arranged under a system of government.—Political economy, the science which treats of the production, distribution, and consumption of wealth; Political science, the science or study of government, as to its principles, aims, methods, &c.—Body politic, the whole body of a people, as constituting a state. [Fr. politique—Gr. politikospolitēs, a citizen.]

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of politic in Chaldean Numerology is: 9

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of politic in Pythagorean Numerology is: 3

Examples of politic in a Sentence

  1. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.:

    Cowardice asks the question - is it safe? Expediency asks the question - is it politic? Vanity asks the question - is it popular? But conscience asks the question - is it right? And there comes a time when one must take a position that is neither safe, nor politic, nor popular; but one must take it because it is right.

  2. Tom Rawles:

    I think the last three to six weeks have been a turning point, we can always fight over the issues. But we need to cut out the cancer that is infecting the body politic of America.

  3. June Jordan:

    If any of us hopes to survive, s/he must meet the extremity of the American female condition with immediate and political response. The thoroughly destructive and indefensible subjugation of the majority of Americans cannot continue except at the peril of the entire body politic.

  4. William Barr:

    Just like a physical body, the body politic must have an immune system that resists anti-Semitism and other forms of racial hatred.

  5. Plato:

    Just as it would be madness to settle on medical treatment for the body of a person by taking an opinion poll of the neighbors, so it is irrational to prescribe for the body politic by polling the opinions of the people at large.

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