realpolitik

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noun, often capitalized re·al·po·li·tik \rā-ˈäl-ˌpō-li-ˌtēk\

Definition of realpolitik

  1. :  politics based on practical and material factors rather than on theoretical or ethical objectives

Origin and Etymology of realpolitik

German, from real actual + Politik politics


First Known Use: 1914


REALPOLITIK Defined for English Language Learners

realpolitik

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noun, often capitalized re·al·po·li·tik \rā-ˈäl-ˌpō-li-ˌtēk\

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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