Political Po*lit"i*cal, a. 1. Having, or conforming to, a settled system of administration. [R.] ``A political government.' --Evelyn. 2. Of or pertaining to public policy, or to politics; relating to affairs of state or administration; as, a political writer. ``The political state of Europe.' --Paley. 3. Of or pertaining to a party, or to parties, in the state; as, his political relations were with the Whigs. 4. Politic; wise; also, artful. [Obs.] --Sterne. Political economy, that branch of political science or philosophy which treats of the sources, and methods of production and preservation, of the material wealth and prosperity of nations.