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Definition prudent, expedient, and shrewd
  • Yet in their dissents, Justices Stevens, Souter, and Breyer displayed ... a strange solicitude for speculative future harm to the body politic at the expense of manifest actual harm to flesh and blood low-income citizens in the here and now.
    Peter Berkowitz  --  Liberals Versus Religion  -- (retrieved 06/29/06)
  • Problems with free trade in the body politic are also multifaceted.
    Gary J. Andres  --  A Crumbling Coalition for Free Trade  -- (retrieved 06/29/06)
  • I daresay it worked out for the greatest good of the body politic.
    Ford Madox Ford  --  The Good Soldier
  • For them all together; which maintained so politic a state of evil that they will not admit any good part to intermingle with them.
    William Shakespeare  --  Much Ado About Nothing
  • Changes were still reverberating through the body politic over the losses suffered in the Horvath attacks.
    John Ringo  --  Live Free or Die
  • Not where he eats, but where he is eaten: a certain convocation of politic worms are e'en at him.
    William Shakespeare  --  Hamlet, Prince of Denmark
  • Thus have I politicly begun my reign, And 'tis my hope to end successfully.
    William Shakespeare  --  The Taming of the Shrew
  • "Well," said Nigel, stalling for something politic, "they're ... I suppose one should say ."
    Henry H. Neff  --  The Maelstrom
  • The old, moral-religious, politic-commercial coroner stroked his beard again and stared.
    Theodore Dreiser  --  An American Tragedy
  • 'Faith, these are politic notes!
    Ben Jonson  --  Volpone
  • Yet with some they have afterwards made peace, none the worse for being politic.
    J.R.R. Tolkien  --  The Two Towers
  • Am I politic? am I subtle? am I a Machiavel?
    William Shakespeare  --  The Merry Wives of Windsor
  • I will be proud, I will read politic authors, I will baffle Sir Toby, I will wash off gross acquaintance, I will be point-device, the very man.
    William Shakespeare  --  Twelfth Night
  • You do love my lord: You have known him long; and be you well assur'd He shall in strangeness stand no farther off Than in a politic distance.
    William Shakespeare  --  Othello, the Moor of Venice
  • She felt tremendously politic.
    Sinclair Lewis  --  Main Street
  • If not the horse, then the lion, if not the lion, then the woman, if not the woman, then the war, then the politic, then the whiskey.
    Ernest J. Gaines  --  The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman
  • "I do it because it's politic; I do it on principle.
    Charles Dickens  --  A Tale of Two Cities
  • A more politic subject was tried.
    Gish Jen  --  Typical American
  • The body-politic is formed by a voluntary association of individuals.
    David McCullough  --  John Adams
  • And now, good politic sir, what think you of Mr Blifil?
    Henry Fielding  --  Tom Jones

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