Politic Pol"i*tic, a. [L. politicus political, Gr. ? belonging to the citizens or to the state, fr.? citizen: cf. F. politique. See {Police}, and cf. {ePolitical}.] 1. Of or pertaining to polity, or civil government; political; as, the body politic. See under {Body}. [1913 Webster]

He with his people made all but one politic body. --Sir P. Sidney. [1913 Webster]

2. 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. ``Enrich'd with politic grave counsel.'' --Shak. [1913 Webster]

3. 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. [1913 Webster]

Politic with my friend, smooth with mine enemy. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

Syn: Wise; prudent; sagacious; discreet; provident; wary; artful; cunning. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.


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