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  3  definitions  found 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
  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. 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
  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. 
  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. 
  Syn:  Wise;  prudent;  sagacious;  discreet;  provident;  wary; 
  artful;  cunning. 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
  adj  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  hostess  averted  a 
  confrontation  between  two  guests  with  a  diplomatic  change 
  of  subject";  "the  manager  pacified  the  customer  with  a 
  smooth  apology  for  the  error";  "affable,  suave,  moderate 
  men...smugly  convinced  of  their  respectability"  Ezra 
  Pound  [syn:  {smooth},  {suave}] 

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