Showing sound or pragmatic judgment; prudent; judicious: found it politic not to mention his youthful indiscretions.
[Middle English politik, from Old French politique, from Latin polīticus, political, from Greek polītikos, from polītēs, citizen, from polis, city; see pelə-3 in the Appendix of Indo-European roots.]
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