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Definition of political adjective from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



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  1. 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).
  2. 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. 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).
  4. 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
See the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary entry: political