noun plural but singular or plural in construction Etymology: Greek politika, from neuter plural of politikos political Date: circa 1529 1. a. the art or science of government b. the art or science concerned with guiding or influencing governmental policy c. the art or science concerned with winning and holding control over a government 2. political actions, practices, or policies 3. a. political affairs or business; especially competition between competing interest groups or individuals for power and leadership (as in a government) b. political life especially as a principal activity or profession c. political activities characterized by artful and often dishonest practices 4. the political opinions or sympathies of a person 5. a. the total complex of relations between people living in society b. relations or conduct in a particular area of experience especially as seen or dealt with from a political point of view <
office politics
ethnic politics

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.


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