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[pol-i-tik] /ˈpɒl ɪ tɪk/

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

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.”

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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