Definition of political in US English:

political

adjective

  • 1Relating to the government or the public affairs of a country.

    ‘a period of political and economic stability’
    • ‘And, they are not the ones who have a direct stake in the political affairs in their societies.’
    • ‘The ruler of the state, the khan, was in charge of foreign political affairs and was commander of the army in times of war.’
    • ‘So I don't think there is such a close link between political stability and economic performance.’
    • ‘An egalitarian democratic ideal extends beyond public affairs and the political sphere.’
    • ‘She had a practical view on how political stability would benefit economic progress.’
    • ‘It is shifted out of the political public policy arena into bureaucratic programs.’
    • ‘What the public wants now is political stability that may allow a quick recovery of the economy.’
    • ‘An individual or group can initiate, or obstruct, public policy in many political arenas.’
    • ‘He has lectured and written extensively on Australian and West Australian political affairs.’
    • ‘For the first time in a lot of years, the governor has stepped overtly into political affairs.’
    • ‘Is it a think tank session for economic and political stability in the Caribbean?’
    • ‘The confrontation of opinions is the only hope for approaching rationality in political affairs.’
    • ‘As doctors battled to find out what caused a sudden deterioration in his health, his political and personal affairs were in a mess.’
    • ‘It appears to have been a device used to intervene in dramatic fashion in the nation's political affairs.’
    • ‘Perhaps this is an obituary after all, for the loss of a mature political culture in which public service was its own enduring reward.’
    • ‘He was a valuable board member with in depth knowledge of New Zealand economic and political affairs.’
    • ‘Women make a significant contribution to social, political and economic affairs.’
    • ‘But in my experience, political and economic affairs tend to be a lot more complex than that.’
    • ‘It had nothing to do with the public, or domestic or international political affairs.’
    • ‘How do you see the region in terms of political and economic stability and opportunities for development?’
    governmental, government, local government, ministerial, parliamentary, party political, diplomatic, legislative, policy-making, constitutional, public, civic, state, administrative, bureaucratic
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    1. 1.1 Relating to the ideas or strategies of a particular party or group in politics.
      ‘a decision taken for purely political reasons’
      • ‘The citizens are presented as eloquent and well-organised with a reasoned political strategy.’
      • ‘She said this would enable political parties to mature further and ensure their ability to form governments.’
      • ‘Are there no practices of trading political favors for money, big money, in the other political parties?’
      • ‘This was in part the result of the grand strategy of the major political parties.’
      • ‘That requires a political strategy in which military action is but one component.’
      • ‘Pedro used these powers when he could not compel political factions or parties to do his bidding.’
      • ‘Surely here is an idea for any political party desperate for a bit of blue-sky thinking.’
      • ‘The idea that one could challenge the canon for any but political reasons was entirely alien to them.’
      • ‘The U.S. faces the problem of an unraveling military and political strategy.’
      • ‘Read about the new idea for a political party to attract former Australian rock stars.’
      • ‘The use of propaganda during the Cold War, for example, led to the dumbing down of valuable political ideas.’
      • ‘There is no reason for any political party to swamp these protests with posters.’
      • ‘My usual idea of political activism is defacing the candidate's photos in their election literature.’
      • ‘In this sense the trauma this week is that of a party involved in a belated change of political strategy.’
      • ‘The political reason was that the base of the party was going to be slow to forgive.’
      • ‘It is almost certain that the general election will be dominated by large political parties with a long tradition.’
      • ‘The idea that a political party should field a film star to attract votes.’
      • ‘The region was ceded to Italy after the war for purely political, not military reasons.’
      • ‘It was Thoreau's ideas that shaped the political strategies of Mahatma Gandhi and later King.’
      • ‘Could these confidential files not been used for partisan political reasons?’
      activist, active, militant, factional, partisan, party, party political
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    2. 1.2 Interested in or active in politics.
      ‘I'm not very political’
      • ‘This group is seen as a criminal gang rather than a political group.’
      • ‘Young people in urban China, especially in Shanghai, have shown little political concern.’
      • ‘These are sombre thoughts for anyone interested in current political thought.’
      • ‘One could take any organization, political, religious or whatever.’
      • ‘Of course his active political life was over quite a time ago, but we have always been very good friends.’
      • ‘Do you think that there is some secret political organization behind me?’
      • ‘How many of the active political bloggers on the graph are Libertarians?’
      • ‘What famous political leader, active now or in history, is an inspiration to you?’
      • ‘Tell them to start a political hip-hop organization and get money out of their school.’
      • ‘We should not give a government of the future the ability to exercise massive power against its political rivals.’
      • ‘By the middle of the nineteenth century political thinking was concerned with issues to which the Republic seemed relevant.’
      • ‘He is better known as a political leader rather than a social reformer.’
      • ‘He supported Mussolini's rise to power, but retired from active political life in 1925.’
      • ‘None of them appears to be any more political than before, in fact some seemed less interested.’
      • ‘The need for Canadians to eat better and be more active is the current hot topic in both media and political circles.’
      • ‘Churchill's active political life began when Queen Victoria still reigned.’
      • ‘Our generation at least had had political heroes who motivated us even though they were finally shown to have feet of clay.’
      • ‘So, basically it's time for a lazy suburban armchair political theorist to get active.’
      • ‘He's been in the public eye for decades and active in politics and political circles for years.’
      • ‘The concern of the political class has been to prevent these attacks from spreading to targets of more, ah, general interest.’
    3. 1.3 Motivated or caused by a person's beliefs or actions concerning politics.
      ‘a political crime’
      • ‘Many closed trials which give rise to concern are those of a military or revolutionary nature when political crimes are discussed.’
      • ‘These people need space to express their political and social concerns.’
      • ‘That also explains why he's gone to America, a much bigger media market and an area more closely in tune with his political beliefs.’
      • ‘Scotland's rebel MSPTommy Sheridan faces a second prison sentence for standing up for his political beliefs.’
      • ‘There are clearly several levels of political concerns that need to be considered in interpreting these tales.’
      • ‘This makes me wonder whether people choose their political beliefs for their cultural meanings too.’
      • ‘I wanted to create a space for new generations to voice their political and spiritual concerns, to excite and incite each other.’
      • ‘I have political beliefs that not everybody agrees with, and they are entitled to disagree because that is democracy.’
      • ‘We are told to trust un-elected technocrats, that political or popular concerns are invalid.’
      • ‘Her political beliefs had been bolstered by her religious faith and she saw the emergence of a democratic society as a proper salvation.’
      • ‘In contrast, the concern of the political movements was the changing of society.’
      • ‘And the presenters, too, are proud to wear their political beliefs on their sleeves.’
      • ‘One can never know precisely how personal experience motivates political values.’
      • ‘However, there has been some political concern recently over the cost of mobile phone calls in Ireland.’
      • ‘Singer notes well the various analogies between mutation and more prosaic political and cultural concerns.’
      • ‘However, it was purely an intellectual exercise and not necessarily my own political beliefs.’
      • ‘The political inquest mostly concerns what can be done to prevent known trouble-makers from travelling abroad.’
      • ‘That meeting ended without any conclusion, but it did not allay concerns about political pressure.’
      • ‘Today's exam system is motivated by political targets and explicitly therapeutic goals.’
      • ‘Membership was open to all Jewish workers regardless of political beliefs.’
    4. 1.4derogatory Relating to, affecting, or acting according to the interests of status or authority within an organization rather than matters of principle.
      • ‘"I don't want to make it too political," she says.’
      • ‘Their aim at all times is non political.’
      • ‘By being political in nature, it is about a form of violent negotiation.’
      • ‘They realise that we are non political, non sectarian and are just a group who want to help.’
      • ‘It raises many issues: power play, political choices and how far one should go for one's ideals?’
      • ‘By supporting the status quo they have put political expediency before the interests of our children.’
      • ‘Let's hope such a review, if it happens, follows sound educational principles rather than political ones.’
      • ‘The outcome was a caricature of Western knowledge of the Orient, driven by an overtly political agenda.’
      • ‘Planning committees are required to decide planning matters in a judicial way rather than on political considerations.’

Pronunciation

political

/pəˈlɪdək(ə)l//pəˈlidək(ə)l/