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Politic definitions

Webster's 1828 Dictionary

POL'ITIC, a. [L. politicus; Gr. a city.]
1. Wise; prudent and sagacious in devising and pursuing measures adapted to promote the public welfare; applied to persons; as a politic prince.
2. Well devised and adapted to the public prosperity; applied to things.
This land was famously enriched
With politic grave counsel.
3. Ingenious in devising and pursuing any scheme of personal or national aggrandizement, without regard to the morality of the measure; cunning; artful; sagacious in adapting means to the end, whether good or evil.
I have been politic with my friend, smooth with my enemy.
4. Well devised; adapted to its end, right or wrong.

WordNet (r) 3.0 (2005)

1: 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" [ant: impolitic]
2: smoothly agreeable and courteous with a degree of sophistication; "he was too politic to quarrel with so important a personage"; "the manager pacified the customer with a smooth apology for the error" [syn: politic, smooth, suave, bland]

Merriam Webster's

adjective Etymology: Middle English politik, from Middle French politique, from Latin politicus, from Greek politikos, from polit?s citizen more at police Date: 15th century 1. political 2. characterized by shrewdness in managing, contriving, or dealing 3. sagacious in promoting a policy 4. shrewdly tactful Synonyms: see expedient, suave

Oxford Reference Dictionary

adj. & v. --adj. 1 (of an action) judicious, expedient. 2 (of a person) prudent, sagacious. 3 political (now only in body politic). --v.intr. (politicked, politicking) engage in politics. Derivatives: politicly adv. Etymology: ME f. OF politique f. L politicus f. Gk politikos f. polites citizen f. polis city

Webster's 1913 Dictionary

Politic 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.

Webster's 1913 Dictionary

Politic 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. Sidney. 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. --Shak. Syn: Wise; prudent; sagacious; discreet; provident; wary; artful; cunning.

Collin's Cobuild Dictionary

If it seems politic to do a particular thing, that seems to be the most sensible thing to do in the circumstances. (FORMAL) Many towns often found it politic to change their allegiance. ADJ: usu it v-link ADJ to-inf see also politics, body politic

Soule's Dictionary of English Synonyms

a. 1. Civil, political, civic. 2. Wise, prudent, judicious, discreet, sagacious, prudential, wary, provident, astute, long-headed. 3. Artful, cunning, shrewd, intriguing, sly, wily, subtle, foxy, Machiavelian, ingenious, unscrupulous, crafty, skilful, diplomatic, strategic. 4. Well-devised, well-adapted.

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