Politic Definition

pŏlĭ-tĭk
politicked, politicking
adjective
Webster's New World
Having practical wisdom; prudent; shrewd; diplomatic.
Webster's New World
Crafty; unscrupulous.
Webster's New World
Prudently or artfully contrived; expedient, as a plan, action, remark, etc.
Webster's New World
The definition of politic is someone who is shrewd, tactful or unethical.
An example of politic is a decision made because it it likely to be accepted by the voters and will make the politician more popular; a politic decision.
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verb
To engage in political campaigning, vote-getting, etc.
Webster's New World
noun

(archaic) A politician.

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Origin of Politic

  • Middle English politik from Old French politique from Latin polīticus political from Greek polītikos from polītēs citizen from polis city pelə-3 in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • Ancient Greek πολίτης (politÄ“s, “citizen").

    From Wiktionary

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