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.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

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

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

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


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)



Log in or sign up to get involved in the conversation. It's quick and easy.

  • I read this word in two articles today, so it must be a conspiracy to force me to learn the meaning of the word, and not just let my brain wander and think about apparatchik and beatniks.

    November 13, 2015