Definition of political in English:

political

adjective

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

    ‘a period of political and economic stability’
    • ‘She had a practical view on how political stability would benefit economic progress.’
    • ‘Perhaps this is an obituary after all, for the loss of a mature political culture in which public service was its own enduring reward.’
    • ‘The confrontation of opinions is the only hope for approaching rationality in political affairs.’
    • ‘He has lectured and written extensively on Australian and West Australian political affairs.’
    • ‘So I don't think there is such a close link between political stability and economic performance.’
    • ‘But in my experience, political and economic affairs tend to be a lot more complex than that.’
    • ‘The ruler of the state, the khan, was in charge of foreign political affairs and was commander of the army in times of war.’
    • ‘An individual or group can initiate, or obstruct, public policy in many political arenas.’
    • ‘For the first time in a lot of years, the governor has stepped overtly into political affairs.’
    • ‘He was a valuable board member with in depth knowledge of New Zealand economic and political affairs.’
    • ‘Is it a think tank session for economic and political stability in the Caribbean?’
    • ‘And, they are not the ones who have a direct stake in the political affairs in their societies.’
    • ‘How do you see the region in terms of political and economic stability and opportunities for development?’
    • ‘It is shifted out of the political public policy arena into bureaucratic programs.’
    • ‘It appears to have been a device used to intervene in dramatic fashion in the nation's political affairs.’
    • ‘What the public wants now is political stability that may allow a quick recovery of the economy.’
    • ‘It had nothing to do with the public, or domestic or international 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.’
    • ‘Women make a significant contribution to social, political and economic affairs.’
    • ‘An egalitarian democratic ideal extends beyond public affairs and the political sphere.’
    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’
      • ‘It was Thoreau's ideas that shaped the political strategies of Mahatma Gandhi and later King.’
      • ‘She said this would enable political parties to mature further and ensure their ability to form governments.’
      • ‘In this sense the trauma this week is that of a party involved in a belated change of political strategy.’
      • ‘Could these confidential files not been used for partisan political reasons?’
      • ‘Pedro used these powers when he could not compel political factions or parties to do his bidding.’
      • ‘Are there no practices of trading political favors for money, big money, in the other political parties?’
      • ‘The idea that a political party should field a film star to attract votes.’
      • ‘The idea that one could challenge the canon for any but political reasons was entirely alien to them.’
      • ‘Surely here is an idea for any political party desperate for a bit of blue-sky thinking.’
      • ‘The region was ceded to Italy after the war for purely political, not military reasons.’
      • ‘The U.S. faces the problem of an unraveling military and political strategy.’
      • ‘This was in part the result of the grand strategy of the major political parties.’
      • ‘It is almost certain that the general election will be dominated by large political parties with a long tradition.’
      • ‘That requires a political strategy in which military action is but one component.’
      • ‘Read about the new idea for a political party to attract former Australian rock stars.’
      • ‘My usual idea of political activism is defacing the candidate's photos in their election literature.’
      • ‘The use of propaganda during the Cold War, for example, led to the dumbing down of valuable political ideas.’
      • ‘The political reason was that the base of the party was going to be slow to forgive.’
      • ‘The citizens are presented as eloquent and well-organised with a reasoned political strategy.’
      • ‘There is no reason for any political party to swamp these protests with posters.’
      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’
      • ‘How many of the active political bloggers on the graph are Libertarians?’
      • ‘Of course his active political life was over quite a time ago, but we have always been very good friends.’
      • ‘He is better known as a political leader rather than a social reformer.’
      • ‘Our generation at least had had political heroes who motivated us even though they were finally shown to have feet of clay.’
      • ‘Churchill's active political life began when Queen Victoria still reigned.’
      • ‘This group is seen as a criminal gang rather than a political group.’
      • ‘We should not give a government of the future the ability to exercise massive power against its political rivals.’
      • ‘He's been in the public eye for decades and active in politics and political circles for years.’
      • ‘He supported Mussolini's rise to power, but retired from active political life in 1925.’
      • ‘The concern of the political class has been to prevent these attacks from spreading to targets of more, ah, general interest.’
      • ‘Do you think that there is some secret political organization behind me?’
      • ‘One could take any organization, political, religious or whatever.’
      • ‘By the middle of the nineteenth century political thinking was concerned with issues to which the Republic seemed relevant.’
      • ‘The need for Canadians to eat better and be more active is the current hot topic in both media and political circles.’
      • ‘Young people in urban China, especially in Shanghai, have shown little political concern.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘None of them appears to be any more political than before, in fact some seemed less interested.’
      • ‘So, basically it's time for a lazy suburban armchair political theorist to get active.’
      • ‘These are sombre thoughts for anyone interested in current political thought.’
    3. 1.3 Motivated or caused by a person's beliefs or actions concerning politics.
      ‘a political crime’
      • ‘Her political beliefs had been bolstered by her religious faith and she saw the emergence of a democratic society as a proper salvation.’
      • ‘Scotland's rebel MSPTommy Sheridan faces a second prison sentence for standing up for his political beliefs.’
      • ‘The political inquest mostly concerns what can be done to prevent known trouble-makers from travelling abroad.’
      • ‘And the presenters, too, are proud to wear their political beliefs on their sleeves.’
      • ‘Many closed trials which give rise to concern are those of a military or revolutionary nature when political crimes are discussed.’
      • ‘In contrast, the concern of the political movements was the changing of society.’
      • ‘Singer notes well the various analogies between mutation and more prosaic political and cultural concerns.’
      • ‘This makes me wonder whether people choose their political beliefs for their cultural meanings too.’
      • ‘Membership was open to all Jewish workers regardless of political beliefs.’
      • ‘There are clearly several levels of political concerns that need to be considered in interpreting these tales.’
      • ‘We are told to trust un-elected technocrats, that political or popular concerns are invalid.’
      • ‘Today's exam system is motivated by political targets and explicitly therapeutic goals.’
      • ‘I have political beliefs that not everybody agrees with, and they are entitled to disagree because that is democracy.’
      • ‘However, it was purely an intellectual exercise and not necessarily my own political beliefs.’
      • ‘These people need space to express their political and social concerns.’
      • ‘I wanted to create a space for new generations to voice their political and spiritual concerns, to excite and incite each other.’
      • ‘That meeting ended without any conclusion, but it did not allay concerns about political pressure.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
    4. 1.4derogatory Relating to, affecting, or acting according to the interests of status or authority within an organization rather than matters of principle.
      • ‘The outcome was a caricature of Western knowledge of the Orient, driven by an overtly political agenda.’
      • ‘Let's hope such a review, if it happens, follows sound educational principles rather than political ones.’
      • ‘"I don't want to make it too political," she says.’
      • ‘Planning committees are required to decide planning matters in a judicial way rather than on political considerations.’
      • ‘By being political in nature, it is about a form of violent negotiation.’
      • ‘Their aim at all times is non political.’
      • ‘By supporting the status quo they have put political expediency before the interests of our children.’
      • ‘It raises many issues: power play, political choices and how far one should go for one's ideals?’
      • ‘They realise that we are non political, non sectarian and are just a group who want to help.’

Pronunciation

political

/pəˈlidək(ə)l//pəˈlɪdək(ə)l/