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 for politic
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Politic \Pol`i*tic\, n.
     A politician. [Archaic] --Bacon.
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           Swiftly the politic goes; is it dark? he borrows a
           Slowly the statesman and sure, guiding his feet by the
           stars.                                   --Lowell.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Politic \Pol"i*tic\, a. [L. politicus political, Gr. ? belonging
     to the citizens or to the state, fr.? citizen: cf. F.
     politique. See Police, and cf. ePolitical.]
     1. Of or pertaining to polity, or civil government;
        political; as, the body politic. See under Body.
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              He with his people made all but one politic body.
                                                    --Sir P.
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     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." --Shak.
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     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.
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              Politic with my friend, smooth with mine enemy.
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     Syn: Wise; prudent; sagacious; discreet; provident; wary;
          artful; cunning.
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

      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 manager pacified the customer
         with a smooth apology for the error" [syn: politic,
         smooth, suave, bland]

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  192 Moby Thesaurus words for "politic":
     Daedalian, Machiavellian, Machiavellic, acute, adept, adroit,
     advantageous, advisable, appropriate, apt, arch, artful, artistic,
     astute, authoritative, becoming, befitting, bravura, brilliant,
     cagey, canny, careful, cautious, circumspect, civic, clean, clever,
     congruous, considerate, convenient, coordinated, crack,
     crackerjack, crafty, cunning, cute, daedal, deceitful, decent,
     deep, deep-laid, deft, deliberate, delicate, designing, desirable,
     dexterous, dextrous, diplomatic, discreet, discriminating,
     discriminative, enlightened, evasive, excellent, expedient, expert,
     fancy, favorable, feasible, felicitous, feline, fit, fitten,
     fitting, foxy, fructuous, geopolitical, gingerly, good, goodish,
     governmental, graceful, guarded, guileful, handy, happy, heedful,
     hesitant, ingenious, insidious, intelligent, inventive, judgmatic,
     judicial, judicious, knowing, leaving out nothing, likely,
     magisterial, masterful, masterly, meet, mindful, neat, no mean,
     noncommittal, on guard, opportune, overlooking no possibility,
     pawky, perceptive, percipient, perspicacious, political,
     politico-commercial, politico-diplomatic, politico-economic,
     politico-geographical, politico-judicial, politico-military,
     politico-moral, politico-religious, politico-scientific,
     politico-social, politico-theological, professional, proficient,
     profitable, proper, provident, prudent, prudential, quick,
     quite some, ready, recommendable, reflecting, reflective,
     regardful, resourceful, right, safe, sagacious, sage, scheming,
     seasonable, seemly, sensible, serpentine, sharp, shifty, shrewd,
     skillful, slick, slippery, slow to act, sly, smooth, snaky, sneaky,
     some, sophistical, sortable, statesmanlike, stealthy, strategic,
     stylish, subtile, subtle, suffragist, suitable, supple, tactful,
     tactical, tentative, the compleat, the complete, thorough,
     thoughtful, timely, to be desired, trickish, tricksy, tricky,
     unadventurous, uncommunicative, undaring, unenterprising,
     unprecipitate, useful, virtuoso, vulpine, wary, well-advised,
     well-done, well-judged, well-timed, wily, wise, workmanlike,

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