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

 

realpolitik

 noun
noun
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 Origin early 20th cent.: from German Realpolitik ‘practical politics’.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: realpolitik