geo·​pol·​i·​tics ˌjē-ō-ˈpä-lə-ˌtiks How to pronounce geopolitics (audio)
plural in form but singular in construction
: a study of the influence of such factors as geography, economics, and demography on the politics and especially the foreign policy of a state
: a governmental policy guided by geopolitics
: a combination of political and geographic factors relating to something (such as a state or particular resources)
the geopolitics of oil
geopolitical adjective
geopolitically adverb

Examples of geopolitics in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web In 2022 two significant pieces of legislation by the U.S. government, the Creating Helpful Incentives to Produce Semiconductors and Science Act and the Inflation Reduction Act, ushered in a new era where geopolitics shape corporate strategies. Andrea Guerzoni, Fortune, 7 Feb. 2023 With geopolitics swirling around tennis, Aryna Sabalenka became the first player to win a Grand Slam title while playing under a neutral flag. Adam Zagoria, Forbes, 28 Jan. 2023 While many Eastern countries are finally catching up in economic power, the perception and prejudices towards many Asian cultures are still lagging behind because of geopolitics. Vogue, 26 Jan. 2023 This was not the last time that the hotel became entangled with high stakes international geopolitics. Miquel Ros, CNN, 20 Jan. 2023 These reactors are a technological challenge in themselves, but geopolitics has also confounded Gates’ push toward nuclear energy. Darren Orf, Popular Mechanics, 11 Jan. 2023 Meanwhile, a delegation of Chinese officials reportedly was barred from visiting the historic hall in the Houses of Parliament where the late queen’s coffin is lying, as geopolitics cast a shadow over the solemn pageantry. Mike Corder, Chicago Tribune, 16 Sep. 2022 So, if central banks need to do better on the ‘G’ part of ESG they will soon be confronted with the lure of geopolitics. Mike O'Sullivan, Forbes, 28 Jan. 2023 Finally, the world of Auto Tech has important implications for geopolitics, opening a new front in the increasingly fraught rivalry between the U.S. and China. Daniel Yergin, WSJ, 23 Apr. 2021 See More

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Word History


see geo-

First Known Use

1904, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of geopolitics was in 1904

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“Geopolitics.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 9 Dec. 2023.

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