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realpolitik

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noun re·al·po·li·tik \rā-ˈäl-ˌpō-li-ˌtēk\

Simple Definition of realpolitik

  • : a system of politics based on a country's situation and its needs rather than on ideas about what is morally right and wrong

Full Definition of realpolitik

  1. :  politics based on practical and material factors rather than on theoretical or ethical objectives

Origin of realpolitik

German, from real actual + Politik politics


First Known Use: 1914


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