political Definition

  • 1relating to the government or public affairs of a country.
  • 2relating to the ideas or strategies of a particular party or group in politics.
  • 3motivated or caused by a person's beliefs or actions concerning politics.

Using political: Examples

Take a moment to familiarize yourself with how "political" can be used in various situations through the following examples!

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    The political situation in the country is unstable.

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    She has a strong interest in political science.

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    The company made a political decision to relocate its headquarters.

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    The senator's speech was full of political rhetoric.

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    The political climate is tense due to the upcoming election.

political Synonyms and Antonyms

Antonyms for political

Idioms Using political

  • play politics

    to engage in political maneuvering or manipulation for personal gain.


    He's always playing politics to get ahead in his career.

  • to become involved in the activities of a political party or government.


    After college, she decided to get into politics and run for local office.

  • unethical or underhanded tactics used in political campaigns or activities.


    The candidate accused his opponent of engaging in dirty politics.

Phrases with political

  • the avoidance of language or actions that may be perceived as excluding, marginalizing, or insulting groups of people who are seen as disadvantaged or discriminated against, especially groups defined by race, gender, or sexual orientation.


    The debate over political correctness in academia continues to be a contentious issue.

  • the protection granted by a nation to someone who has left their native country as a political refugee.


    The dissident was granted political asylum in the United States.

  • the study of the theory and practice of government and politics.


    She earned a degree in political science from Harvard University.

Origins of political

from Latin 'politicus', from Greek 'politikos', meaning 'of citizens or the state'


Summary: political in Brief

The term 'political' [pəˈlɪtɪkəl] refers to matters related to government or public affairs, including the ideas and strategies of political parties or groups. It can also describe actions or beliefs motivated by politics. Examples include 'The political situation in the country is unstable,' and 'The senator's speech was full of political rhetoric.' Phrases like 'political correctness' and idioms like 'play politics' extend the term's meaning.

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