Of, relating to, or dealing with the structure or affairs of government, politics, or the state. Relating to, involving, or characteristic of politics or politicians: "Calling a meeting is a political act in itself\u201d ( Daniel Goleman). Relating to or involving acts regarded as damaging to a government or state: political crimes. Interested or active in politics: I'm not a very political person. Having or influenced by partisan interests: The court should never become a political institution. Based on or motivated by partisan or self-serving objectives: a purely political decision.