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politic

adjective

1 politic

Marked by artful prudence, expedience, and shrewdness.

Roget 864: cautious, wary, guarded; on one's guard etc. (watchful) 459; cavendo tutus [Lat.]; in medio tutissimus [Lat.]; vigilant.    careful, heedful; cautelous, stealthy, ... show more

Roget 702: cunning, crafty, artful; skillful etc. 698; subtle, feline, vulpine; cunning as a fox, cunning as a serpent; deep, deep laid; profound; ... show more

Roget 498: intelligent [Applied to persons], quick of apprehension, keen, acute, alive, brainy, awake, bright, quick, sharp; quick witted, keen witted, clear witted, ... show more



2 politic

Smoothly agreeable and courteous with a degree of sophistication:
— He was too politic to quarrel with so important a personage.

synonyms: bland, smooth, suave.

Roget 894: courteous, polite, civil, mannerly, urbane; well-behaved, well-mannered, well-bred, well-brought up; good-mannered, polished, civilized, cultivated; refined ... show more


Moby thesaurus: Daedalian, Machiavellian, Machiavellic, acute, adept, adroit, advantageous, advisable, appropriate, apt, arch, artful, artistic, astute, authoritative, becoming, befitting, bravura, brilliant, cagey ... show more.

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