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Date: 1400-1500
Language: French
Origin: politique, from Latin politicus, from Greek politikos, from polites 'citizen', from polis 'city'

politic

adjective
     
pol‧i‧tic formal
sensible and likely to gain you an advantage [= prudent]
it is politic to do something
It would not be politic to ignore the reporters.

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