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

Other Words from geopolitics

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 war in Ukraine has strengthened some ways of thinking about geopolitics while weakening others. William A. Galston, WSJ, 3 May 2022 Microchips define geopolitics and remake world alliances. Rakesh Kumar, Fortune, 29 Apr. 2022 The ongoing Russia-Ukraine war is fundamentally reshaping global geopolitics, cementing some alliances while threatening to derail other relationships. Mary Hui, Quartz, 28 Apr. 2022 Of course, the business of this transition is one of the most complex and vexing matters of 21st century geopolitics. Washington Post, 21 Apr. 2022 But there's something to be said for bringing urgent world news to a large, captive audience made up of people who may not feel well-informed about geopolitics. Jenny Singer, Glamour, 3 Apr. 2022 Discussing geopolitics was not the intended purpose of the call; Ms. Silverman’s life as a celebrity publicist was. Jessica Iredale, New York Times, 18 Apr. 2022 In the world of Biden geopolitics, foreign policy is a tool to settle grudges and advance progressive ideology. Mary Anastasia O’grady, WSJ, 17 Apr. 2022 Russia’s full-fledged invasion of its neighbor has seemingly ended an era of post-Cold War complacency in European capitals and shaken up the continent’s geopolitics. Washington Post, 13 Apr. 2022 See More

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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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“Geopolitics.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 May. 2022.

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