power politics

noun, plural in form but singular or plural in construction
Updated on: 17 Nov 2017

Definition of power politics

: politics based primarily on the use of power (such as military and economic strength) as a coercive force rather than on ethical precepts

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First Known Use of power politics

1901


POWER POLITICS Defined for English Language Learners

power politics

noun

Definition of power politics for English Language Learners

  • : politics based on the use of military or economic power to influence the actions and decisions of other governments


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