Definition of realpolitik
: politics based on practical and material factors rather than on theoretical or ethical objectives
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Many in both Riyadh and Jerusalem seemed inclined to view Trump as stronger that Obama, and to welcome a realpolitik devoid of pesky humanitarian concerns.
Father and son represented one family, but the elder Assad was more attuned to the real world and realpolitik, according to U.S. envoys who knew him.
That statecraft, however, was more than just a realpolitik power play.
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Origin and Etymology of realpolitik
German, from real actual + Polishitik politics
First Known Use: 1895See Words from the same year
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Definition of realpolitik for English Language Learners
: a system of politics based on a country's situation and its needs rather than on ideas about what is morally right and wrong
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