noun, plural in form but singular in construction
geo·​pol·​i·​tics | \ ˌjē-ō-ˈpä-lə-ˌtiks How to pronounce geopolitics (audio) \

Definition of geopolitics

1 : a study of the influence of such factors as geography, economics, and demography on the politics and especially the foreign policy of a state
2 : a governmental policy guided by geopolitics
3 : a combination of political and geographic factors relating to something (such as a state or particular resources) the geopolitics of oil

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geopolitical \ ˌjē-​ō-​pə-​ˈli-​ti-​kəl How to pronounce geopolitics (audio) \ adjective
geopolitically \ ˌjē-​ō-​pə-​ˈli-​ti-​k(ə-​)lē How to pronounce geopolitics (audio) \ adverb

Examples of geopolitics in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The country, already caught up in the broader tug-of-war between East and West in European politics, has now also become a focal point in the geopolitics of coronavirus vaccines — so far, to Ukraine’s detriment. New York Times, "In Vaccine Geopolitics, a Great Game Played With Ukrainians’ Health," 9 Jan. 2021 The fourth feature of Trump’s foreign policy was to prioritize economic growth and leverage the new geopolitics of energy. Mackubin Thomas Owens, Washington Examiner, "America first is not America alone," 10 Dec. 2020 Classic DeLillo themes—digital technology, graphology, geopolitics—abound in this slim novel, in which friends gather amid a mysterious cataclysm. The New Yorker, "Briefly Noted," 9 Nov. 2020 Interconnected, a bilingual newsletter on tech, business, geopolitics, and US-China relations. Kevin Xu, Wired, "The Future of American Industry Depends on Open Source Tech," 26 Aug. 2020 The new joint measurement also has an element of geopolitics. Washington Post, "It’s official: Mount Everest just got a little bit higher," 8 Dec. 2020 Finally, remember that as infection rates and geopolitics change, entry requirements and State Department advice change. Christopher Reynolds, Los Angeles Times, "COVID-19 travel update: Which countries can Americans visit?," 17 Nov. 2020 These go far beyond geopolitics and range from science to exploration to the commercialization of space. Eric Berger, Ars Technica, "After 20 years of service, the Space Station flies into an uncertain future," 1 Nov. 2020 But since the 2016 election, geopolitics have changed quite a bit – and, for many of these countries, not necessarily for the better. Robert Hinck, The Conversation, "Russian media may be joining China and Iran in turning on Trump," 20 Oct. 2020

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First Known Use of geopolitics

1904, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for geopolitics

see geo-

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The first known use of geopolitics was in 1904

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“Geopolitics.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Jan. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of geopolitics

: the study of how geography and economics have an influence on politics and on the relations between nations
: the political and geographic parts of something

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