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 Dictionary entry overview: What does political science mean? 

  The noun POLITICAL SCIENCE has 1 sense:

1. the study of government of states and other political units

  Familiarity information: POLITICAL SCIENCE used as a noun is very rare.

 Dictionary entry details 


Sense 1political science [BACK TO TOP]


The study of government of states and other political units

Classified under:

Nouns denoting cognitive processes and contents


political science; politics; government

Hypernyms ("political science" is a kind of...):

social science (the branch of science that studies society and the relationships of individual within a society)

Domain category:

governance; governing; government; government activity (the act of governing; exercising authority)

Domain member category:

bolt (a sudden abandonment (as from a political party))

assassin; assassinator; bravo (a murderer (especially one who kills a prominent political figure) who kills by a treacherous surprise attack and often is hired to do the deed)

muckraker; mudslinger (one who spreads real or alleged scandal about another (usually for political advantage))

fencesitter; independent; mugwump (a neutral or uncommitted person (especially in politics))

regular (a dependable follower (especially in party politics))

coattails effect ((politics) the consequence of one popular candidate in an election drawing votes for other members of the same party)

war chest (a fund accumulated to finance a war (or a political campaign))

Sturm und Drang; turbulence; upheaval (a state of violent disturbance and disorder (as in politics or social conditions generally))

minimalist (advocating minimal reforms (as in government or politics))

side (one of two or more contesting groups)

civilisation; civilization (a society in an advanced state of social development (e.g., with complex legal and political and religious organizations))

Soviets (the government of the Soviet Union)

politics (the profession devoted to governing and to political affairs)

mandate (the commission that is given to a government and its policies through an electoral victory)

patronage ((politics) granting favors or giving contracts or making appointments to office in return for political support)

demonstration; manifestation (a public display of group feelings (usually of a political nature))

cabal; conspiracy (a plot to carry out some harmful or illegal act (especially a political plot))

catechism (a series of question put to an individual (such as a political candidate) to elicit their views)

nominating address; nominating speech; nomination (an address (usually at a political convention) proposing the name of a candidate to run for election)

combination (an alliance of people or corporations or countries for a special purpose (formerly to achieve some antisocial end but now for general political or economic purposes))

terrorist (characteristic of someone who employs terrorism (especially as a political weapon))

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "political science"):

geopolitics (the study of the effects of economic geography on the powers of the state)

practical politics; realpolitik (politics based on practical rather than moral or ideological considerations)

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