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From: DICT.TW English-Chinese Dictionary 英漢字典

 pol·i·tic /ˈpɑləˌtɪk/

From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 Pol·i·tic a.
 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. Sidney.
 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.”
 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.   --Shak.
 Syn: -- Wise; prudent; sagacious; discreet; provident; wary; artful; cunning.

From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 Pol·i·tic, n. A politician. [Archaic]
 Swiftly the politic goes; is it dark? he borrows a lantern;
 Slowly the statesman and sure, guiding his feet by the stars.   --Lowell.

From: WordNet (r) 2.0

      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]