Definition of realpolitik noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//reɪˈɑːlpɒlɪtiːk//
; NAmE NAmE//reɪˈɑːlpɑːlɪtiːk//
[uncountable] (from German)
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a system of politics that is based on the actual situation and needs of a country or political party rather than on moral principles Word Originearly 20th cent.: from German Realpolitik ‘practical politics’.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: realpolitik