: politics based on practical and material factors rather than on theoretical or ethical objectives
Origin of REALPOLITIK
German, from real
actual + Politik
First Known Use: 1914
realpolitik noun (Concise Encyclopedia)
Politics based on practical objectives rather than on ideals. The word does not mean real in the English sense but rather connotes thingshence a politics of adaptation to things as they are. Realpolitik thus suggests a pragmatic, no-nonsense view and a disregard for ethical considerations. In diplomacy it is often associated with relentless, though realistic, pursuit of the national interest.
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