• (RP) IPA: /ˈpɒlətɪk/
  • (America) IPA: /ˈpɑlətɪk/


  1. (archaic) Of or relating to polity, or civil government; political.
    the body politic
  2. (archaic, of things) Relating to, or promoting, a policy, especially a national policy; well-devised; adapted to its end, whether right or wrong.
    a politic treaty
    • c. 1592, William Shakespeare, wsource The Tragedy of Richard the Third, Act II, scene iii:
      For then this land was famously enrich'd / With politic grave counsel
  3. (archaic) 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
    • c. 1599, William Shakespeare, ''wsource As You Like It, Act V, scene iv:
      I have been politic with my friend, smooth with mine enemy
  4. shrewd#English|Shrewd, prudent and expedient.
  5. discreet#English|Discreet and diplomatic.
  6. artful#English|Artful, crafty or cunning.
Antonyms Related terms Noun

politic (plural politics)

  1. (archaic) A politician.
    • , The Republic III
      And therefore our politic Asclepius may be supposed to have exhibited the power of his art only to persons who... had a definite ailment.

politic (politics, present participle politicking; past and past participle politicked)

  1. To engage in political activity; politick.

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