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See also: polítics



From the adjective politic, by analogy with Aristotle’s "τα πολιτικά" ('affairs of state').


  • (General American) IPA(key): /ˈpɑl.ɪˌtɪks/
  • (Received Pronunciation) IPA(key): /ˈpɒl.ɪ.tɪks/
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  • Hyphenation: pol‧i‧tics


politics (countable and uncountable, plural politics)

  1. (countable) A methodology and activities associated with running a government, an organization, or a movement.
    • 1996, Jan Jindy Pettman, Worlding Women: A feminist international politics, pages ix-x:
      There are by now many feminisms (Tong, 1989; Humm, 1992). [...] They are in shifting alliance or contest with postmodern critiques, which at times seem to threaten the very category 'women' and its possibilities for a feminist politics.
  2. (countable) The profession of conducting political affairs.
    He made a career out of politics.
  3. (countable) One's political stands and opinions.
    Their politics are clear from the bumper stickers on their cars.
  4. (uncountable) Political maneuvers or diplomacy between people, groups, or organizations, especially involving power, influence or conflict.



  1. Third-person singular simple present indicative form of politic

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Further reading

  • politics in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913
  • politics in The Century Dictionary, The Century Co., New York, 1911