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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.

    Etymology: πολίτης.

  2. politicadjective

    Discreet and diplomatic.

    Etymology: πολίτης.

  3. politicadjective

    Artful, crafty or cunning.

    Etymology: πολίτης.

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. Tom McMillen:

    The body politic has shifted left, there’s no question about it, and that’s toward more student-athlete empowerment.

  2. 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.

  3. Ehsan Sehgal:

    I dislike from my depth of heart and mind; Trickery love False love Dramatic love Politic love Feign love Obsessive love Motivational love Such things, just grasp, the devilish way of life that circle within it. Such people are the shadow of evil

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

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