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"
politic, smooth, suave, bland(adj)
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"
Shrewd, prudent and expedient.
Discreet and diplomatic.
Artful, crafty or cunning.
of or pertaining to polity, or civil government; political; as, the body politic. See under Body
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
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
Chambers 20th Century Dictionary
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. politikos—politēs, a citizen.]
The numerical value of politic in Chaldean Numerology is: 9
The numerical value of politic in Pythagorean Numerology is: 3
Examples of politic in a Sentence
Cowardice asks Is it safe Expediency asks Is it politic But Conscience asks Is it right
Cowardice asks: Is it safe? Expediency asks: Is it politic? But Conscience asks: Is it right?
Just like a physical body, the body politic must have an immune system that resists anti-Semitism and other forms of racial hatred.
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.
The wicked can have only accomplices, the voluptuous have companions in debauchery, self-seekers have associates, the politic assemble the factions, the typical idler has connections, princes have courtiers. Only the virtuous have friends.
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