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. Political.]


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.


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."



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.


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Pol`i*tic, n.

A politician.



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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