Politic meaning

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Crafty; unscrupulous.
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Prudently or artfully contrived; expedient, as a plan, action, remark, etc.
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To engage in political campaigning, vote-getting, etc.
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(archaic) Of or relating to polity, or civil government; political.

The body politic.

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(archaic) Relating to, or promoting, a policy, especially a national policy; well-devised; adapted to its end, whether right or wrong; said of things.

A politic treaty.

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(archaic) Sagacious in promoting a policy; ingenious in devising and advancing a system of management; devoted to a scheme or system rather than to a principle; hence, in a good sense, wise; prudent; sagacious.
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(archaic) A politician.

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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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Politic is defined as to participate in campaigning.

An example of politic is to run for office.

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Showing sound or pragmatic judgment; prudent; judicious.

Found it politic not to mention his youthful indiscretions.

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Having practical wisdom; prudent; shrewd; diplomatic.
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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