Definition of political adjective from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//pəˈlɪtɪkl//
    ; NAmE NAmE//pəˈlɪtɪkl//
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  1. 1  connected 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. 2  connected 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 university. I'm not a political animal (= 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.
  5. see also politically
    Extra examples This whole issue has become highly political. We have no intention of getting political. the first purely political decision taken by the EU the overtly political works of Leon Golub
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: political