1. Of, relating to, or dealing with the structure or affairs of government, politics, or the state: a political system.
2. Relating to, involving, or characteristic of political parties or politicians: a political campaign.
3. Interested or active in politics: I'm not a very political person.
4. Influenced by, based on, or stemming from partisan interests or political ideology: The court should never become a political institution. The attack was a political crime.
5. Based on or motivated by self-serving interests, especially in attempting to gain power or to please people of a higher rank in an organization: political maneuvering within the company.
6. Indicating national or regional boundaries. Used of maps.
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