From Middle French politique, from Latin politicus, from Ancient Greek πολιτικός (politikós), from πολίτης (polítēs, “citizen”). Cognate with German politisch (“political”).
politic (comparative more politic, superlative most politic)
- (archaic) Of or relating to polity, or civil government; political.
- the body politic
1593, Sir Philip Sidney, The Countesse of Pembrokes Arcadia:
[…] he with his people made all but one politic body whereof himself was the head
- (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
- (archaic) Sagacious in promoting a policy; ingenious in
Set of activities associated with the governance of a country or territory
Politics is the set of activities that are associated with the governance of a country, state or area. It involves making decisions that apply to groups of members and achieving and exercising positions of governance—organized control over a human community. The academic study of politics is referred to as political science.
In modern nation states, people often form political parties to represent their ideas. Members of a party often agree to take the same position on many issues and agree to support the same changes to law and the same leaders. An election is usually a competition between different parties. Some examples of political parties worldwide are: the African National Congress (ANC) in South Africa, the Democratic Party (D) in the United States, the Conservative Party in the United Kingdom, the Christian Democratic Union