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English definition of “political”


adjective [not gradable]    /pəˈlɪt̬·ɪ·kəl/
politics & government relating to politics : political parties a political speech Free trade is an ongoing political issue because it affects local employment rates . politically    /pəˈlɪt̬·ɪ·kli/ adverb [not gradable] politics & government They encourage young people to become more politically active .
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