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Definition of Politic


  1. Of or pertaining to polity, or civil government; political; as, the body politic. See under Body.
  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.
  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.
  4. A politician.

Politic Quotations

Law and order are the medicine of the body politic and when the body politic gets sick, medicine must be administered.
B. R. Ambedkar

National politics and elections are dominated by emotions, by lack of self-confidence, by fear of the other, by insecurity, by infection of the body politic by the virus of victimhood.
Tariq Ramadan

Aging nations have arteries clogged with obsolete laws, slowing blood flow and preventing oxygen from reaching all parts of the body politic. Physicians call this arteriosclerosis; historians see decline of empire.
Jim Cooper

The body politic, as well as the human body, begins to die as soon as it is born, and carries itself the causes of its destruction.
Jean-Jacques Rousseau

A constitution, in the American sense of the word, is a written instrument by which the fundamental powers of the government are established, limited, and defined, and by which these powers are distributed among several departments, for their more safe and useful exercise, for the benefit of the body politic.
Samuel Freeman Miller
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Politic Translations

politic in German is diplomatisch
politic in Hungarian is furfangos, politikus
politic in Spanish is sagaz
politic in Swedish is klok
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