1 civil, respectful, well-mannered, mannerly, courteous, deferential, diplomatic, tactful, formal, proper, cordial:
We asked our new neighbours to tea but were met with a polite refusal
1 ingenious, shrewd, crafty, canny, cunning, designing, scheming, clever, wily, foxy, tricky, artful, Macchiavellian, evasive, shifty, Colloq cagey:
Daniel is politic enough to know how to manoeuvre situations to his benefit
2 tactful, diplomatic, discreet, prudent, judicious, wise, sage, sagacious, sensible, intelligent, percipient, discriminating, far-sighted, expedient, perceptive:
It was politic of the winner to share the prize with those who had helped him most.