1. involving or characteristic of politics or parties or politicians
; - Example: "calling a meeting is a political act in itself"- Daniel Goleman- Example: "political pressure"- Example: "a political machine"- Example: "political office"- Example: "political policy"
2. of or relating to your views about social relationships involving authority or power
; - Example: "political opinions"
3. of or relating to the profession of governing
; - Example: "political career"
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Political \Po*lit"i*cal\, a.
1. Having, or conforming to, a settled system of
administration. [R.] "A political government." --Evelyn.
2. Of or pertaining to public policy, or to politics;
relating to affairs of state or administration; as, a
political writer. "The political state of Europe."
3. Of or pertaining to a party, or to parties, in the state;
as, his political relations were with the Whigs.
4. Politic; wise; also, artful. [Obs.] --Sterne.
Political economy, that branch of political science or
philosophy which treats of the sources, and methods of
production and preservation, of the material wealth and
prosperity of nations.
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):
adj 1: involving or characteristic of politics or parties or
politicians; "calling a meeting is a political act in
itself"- Daniel Goleman; "political pressure"; "a
political machine"; "political office"; "political
policy" [ant: nonpolitical]
2: of or relating to your views about social relationships
involving authority or power; "political opinions"
3: of or relating to the profession of governing; "political
Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:
60 Moby Thesaurus words for "political":
absolute, administrative, aristocratic, authoritarian, autocratic,
autonomous, bureaucratic, civic, civil, constitutional, democratic,
despotic, dictatorial, diplomatic, factional, factious, fascist,
federal, federalist, federalistic, geopolitical, governmental,
gubernatorial, heteronomous, matriarchal, matriarchic, monarchal,
monarchial, monarchic, monocratic, national, official, oligarchal,
oligarchic, parliamentarian, parliamentary, partisan, patriarchal,
patriarchic, pluralistic, politic, politico-commercial,
politico-diplomatic, politico-economic, politico-geographical,
politico-judicial, politico-military, politico-moral,
politico-religious, politico-scientific, politico-social,
politico-theological, public, republican, self-governing, state,
statesmanlike, suffragist, theocratic, totalitarian
Bouvier's Law Dictionary, Revised 6th Ed (1856):
POLITICAL. Pertaining to policy, or the administration of the government.
Political rights are those which may be exercised in the formation or
administration of the government they are distinguished from civil, rights,
which are the rights which a man enjoys, as regards other individuals, and
not in relation to the government. A political corporation is one which has
principally for its object the administration of the government, or to which
the powers of government, or a part of such powers, have been delegated. 1
Bouv. Inst. n. 182, 197, 198.