political[pə lit′i kəl]
- The definition of political is something that relates to government, politics or how an organization is run.
An example of political is the political party called the "Green Party."
- of or concerned with government, the state, or politics
- having a definite governmental organization
- engaged in or taking sides in politics: political parties
- of or characteristic of political parties or politicians: political pressure
Origin of political; from Classical Latin politicus (see politic) + -al
- Of, relating to, or dealing with the structure or affairs of government, politics, or the state: a political system.
- Relating to, involving, or characteristic of political parties or politicians: a political campaign.
- Interested or active in politics: I'm not a very political person.
- Influenced by, based on, or stemming from partisan interests or political ideology: The court should never become a political institution. The attack was a political crime.
- Based on or motivated by self-serving interests, especially in attempting to gain power or to please people of a higher rank in an organization: political maneuvering within the company.
- Indicating national or regional boundaries. Used of maps.
(comparative more political, superlative most political)
- Concerning or relating to politics, the art and process of governing.
- Political principles are rarely absolute, as political logic holds an imperfect result by compromise is better than a theoretically perfect abstention from the political process in the opposition.
- Concerning a polity or its administrative components.
- Good political staff is hard to find, they may neither be ambitious and corrupted by power nor tempted by private sector careers.
- (pejorative) Motivated, especially inappropriately, by political (electoral or other party political) calculation.
- Of or relating to views about social relationships that involve power or authority.
- (of a person) Interested in politics.
- nonpolitical, non-political