Definitions for realpolitikreɪˈɑlˌpoʊ lɪˌtik, ri-

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

re•al•po•li•tikreɪˈɑlˌpoʊ lɪˌtik, ri-(n.)

  1. (often cap.) political realism or practical politics, esp. policy based on power rather than ideals.

    Category: Government

Origin of realpolitik:

1910–15; < G, =realreal1+Politik politics, policy; see politic

Princeton's WordNet

  1. realpolitik, practical politics(noun)

    politics based on practical rather than moral or ideological considerations


  1. realpolitik(Noun)

    Pragmatic international government policy concerned with perceived interests of the nation.


  1. Realpolitik

    Realpolitik refers to politics or diplomacy based primarily on power and on practical and material factors and considerations, rather than ideological notions or moralistic or ethical premises. In this respect, it shares aspects of its philosophical approach with those of realism and pragmatism. The term realpolitik is sometimes used pejoratively to imply politics that are coercive, amoral, or Machiavellian.


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