a : a person engaged in party politics as a profession
b : a person primarily interested in political office for selfish or other narrow usually short-sighted reasons
Note 2-b above, this gives the definition of a POLITICIAN accuracy.
What makes an individual a politician can be quite debatable. A candidate for office could be a politician, however, you can be a candidate but have no experience in the art or science of government. You can be engaged in party politics but never hold a public office, elected or appointed.
Being a politician often, we can even say usually, is not a particularly good thing. Being a politician is not a positive or favorable label, accurate as it may be; again I refer to section 2-b above. Anyone you know of come to mind?
Being a politician does not make you a good leader, or a leader at all. The definition makes no mention of leader or leadership, they are not synonymous.
We have a lot, too many politicians, too many candidates that are politicians, but very few if any leaders.
Ben Carson recently stated he “did not want to be a politician”. Have you heard any other candidates say the same? Maybe Ben gets it. He understands the word politician is a negative, often dirty word.
A most glaring example of a politician is Hillary Clinton. No, my intention for this post was not to bash Hillary, I will however do so at every chance. I am simply using her as the prime example. Section 2-b above describes Hillary to a T…….actually falls way short. Add greed, power starved, short-sighted reasons but long-term to selfish.
Think of the White House, both houses of Congress, politicians galore, no leadership. Think of the 2016 campaign trail to the White House, candidates, politicians, no leaders; not yet anyway.
Politicians are smart asses, dumb asses and jackasses, and Webster’s 2-ber’s from above, they dominate overwhelmingly in Congress and the WH. We need leaders not politicians and not just candidates hoping to be elected pretending to be leaders.
When voting, whenever, distinguish between candidates, the politicians and leaders. Find a leader to embrace…………good luck with that. Know the difference.
I am not sure you can give a “full definition” of politician, conditions and situations could certainly be added here; also at times it seems contradicting, debatable. That’s politics.