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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A usually expansionist national policy having as its sole principle advancement of the national interest.

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

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  • n. politics based on practical rather than moral or ideological considerations

Etymologies

German : real, practical (from Late Latin reālis, real; see real1) + Politik, politics (from French politique, political, policy; see politic).
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Borrowing from German Realpolitik. (Wiktionary)

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