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Meaning of POLITIC

Pronunciation:  'pâlitik

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [adj]  smoothly agreeable and courteous with a degree of sophistication; "he was too politic to quarrel with so important a personage"; "the hostess averted a confrontation between two guests with a diplomatic change of subject"; "the manager pacified the customer with a smooth apology for the error"; "affable, suave, moderate men...smugly convinced of their respectability" - Ezra Pound
  2. [adj]  marked by artful prudence, expedience, and shrewdness; "it is neither polite nor politic to get into other people's quarrels"; "a politic decision"; "a politic manager"; "a politic old scoundrel"; "a shrewd and politic reply"

POLITIC is a 7 letter word that starts with P.


 Synonyms: diplomatic, diplomatical, expedient, sagacious, smooth, suave
 Antonyms: impolitic



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Pol"i*tic\, a. [L. politicus political, Gr. ? belonging
    to the citizens or to the state, fr.? citizen: cf. F.
    politique. See {Police}, and cf. {ePolitical}.]
    1. Of or pertaining to polity, or civil government;
       political; as, the body politic. See under {Body}.
             He with his people made all but one politic body.
                                                   --Sir P.
    2. Pertaining to, or promoting, a policy, especially a
       national policy; well-devised; adapted to its end, whether
       right or wrong; -- said of things; as, a politic treaty.
       ``Enrich'd with politic grave counsel.'' --Shak.
    3. 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; and in a bad sense, artful;
       unscrupulous; cunning; -- said of persons.
             Politic with my friend, smooth with mine enemy.
    Syn: Wise; prudent; sagacious; discreet; provident; wary;
         artful; cunning.
  2. \Pol`i*tic\, n.
    A politician. [Archaic] --Bacon.
          Swiftly the politic goes; is it dark? he borrows a
          lantern; Slowly the statesman and sure, guiding his
          feet by the stars.                       --Lowell.
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