- 1connected with the state, government, or public affairs a monarch without political power He was a political prisoner (= one who was put in prison because he was thought to be harmful to the state).
- 2connected with the different groups working in politics, especially their policies and the competition between them a political debate/party/leader What are your political sympathies?
- 3 (of people) interested in or active in politics She became very political at college. I'm not a political animal (= a person who is interested in politics).
- 4concerned with power, status, etc. within an organization, rather than with matters of principle I suspect that he was dismissed for political reasons. see also politically
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