Politic



[pol-i-tik] /ˈpɒl ɪ tɪk/

adjective
1.
shrewd or prudent in practical matters; tactful; diplomatic.
2.
contrived in a shrewd and practical way; expedient:
a politic reply.
3.
:
the body politic.
/ˈpɒlɪtɪk/
adjective
1.
artful or shrewd; ingenious: a politic manager
2.
crafty or unscrupulous; cunning: a politic old scoundrel
3.
sagacious, wise, or prudent, esp in statesmanship: a politic choice
4.
an archaic word for political
adj.

early 15c., “pertaining to public affairs,” from Middle French politique “political” (14c.) and directly from Latin politicus “of citizens or the state, civil, civic,” from Greek politikos “of citizens, pertaining to the state and its administration; pertaining to public life,” from polites “citizen,” from polis “city” (see polis). Replaced in most adjectival senses by political. From mid-15c. as “prudent, judicious.”
v.

also politick, “to engage in political activity,” 1917, a back-formation from politics. Related: Politicked; politicking (for the -k- see picnic).

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