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Definitions of politic

  1. marked by artful prudence, expedience, and shrewdness; "it is neither polite nor politic to get into other people's quarrels"; "a politic decision"; "a politic manager"; "a politic old scoundrel"; "a shrewd and politic reply" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  2. smoothly agreeable and courteous with a degree of sophistication; "he was too politic to quarrel with so important a personage"; "the hostess averted a confrontation between two guests with a diplomatic change of subject"; "the manager pacified the customer with a smooth apology for the error"; "affable, suave, moderate men...smugly convinced of their respectability" - Ezra Pound Wordnet Dictionary DB
  3. Of or pertaining to polity, or civil government; political; as, the body politic. See under Body. Webster Dictionary DB
  4. 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; and in a bad sense, artful; unscrupulous; cunning; -- said of persons. Webster Dictionary DB
  5. A politician. Webster Dictionary DB
  6. Pertaining to, or promoting, a policy, especially a national policy; well-devised; adapted to its end, whether right or wrong; - said of things; as, a politic treaty. Webster Dictionary DB
  7. Prudent; shrewd; wise, especially in carrying out a plan; political; sometimes, crafty; cunning. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  8. Pertaining to policy: well-devised: judicious: skilled in political affairs: prudent: discreet: cunning. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  9. POLITICLY. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  10. Judicious; prudent; cunning. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  11. Constituting the state; sagacious, specially in policy; well-devised and adapted to the purpose. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  12. Wise, prudent, and discreet in the management of public affairs; well-devised, and adapted to promote the welfare of the state; judicious; artful; cunning. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
  13. Pertaining to, or promoting, a policy, especially a national policy; well-devised; adapted to its end, whether right or wrong; -- said of things; as, a politic treaty. mso.anu.edu.au
  14. p[=o]l'i-tik, adj. pertaining to policy: well-devised: judicious in management: skilled in political affairs: prudent: discreet: cunning: (Shak.) concerned with politics.--adj. POLIT'ICAL, pertaining to polity or government: pertaining to nations, or to parties in a nation who differ in their views of how it ought to be governed: derived from government.--adv. POLIT'ICALLY.--ns. POLIT'ICASTER (Milt.), a petty politician; POLITIC'IAN, one versed in or devoted to politics: a man of artifice and cunning.--adj. (Milt.) politic.--adv. POL'ITICLY.--n.sing. POL'ITICS, the art or science of government: the management of a political party: political affairs or opinions.--adj. POL'ITIQUE (Bacon), political, civil.--n. POL'ITY, the constitution of the government of a state or an institution: civil constitution: a body of people arranged under a system of government.--POLITICAL ECONOMY, the science which treats of the production, distribution, and consumption of wealth; POLITICAL SCIENCE, the science or study of government, as to its principles, aims, methods, &c.--BODY POLITIC, the whole body of a people, as constituting a state. [Fr. politique--Gr. politikos--polit[=e]s, a citizen.] gutenberg.org/ebooks/37683
  15. (Of person) sagacious, prudent, (of actions &c.) judicious, expedient; scheming, crafty; BODY p.; (n. pl.) science& art of government, political affairs or life, political principles, as what are his pp.? (fig.) conduct of private affairs. Hence politicly adv. [French] Concise Oxford Dictionary

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