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A usually expansionist national policy having as its sole principle advancement of the national interest.
[German : real, practical (from Late Latin reālis, real; see real1) + Politik, politics (from French politique, political, policy; see politic).]
(Government, Politics & Diplomacy) a ruthlessly realistic and opportunist approach to statesmanship, rather than a moralistic one, esp as exemplified by Bismarck
[C19: German: politics of realism]
re•al•po•li•tik(reɪˈɑlˌpoʊ lɪˌtik, ri-)
(often cap.) political realism or practical politics, esp. policy based on power rather than ideals.
realism in politics, especially policies or actions based on considerations of power rather than ideals.See also: Politics
1. A German word meaning politics of realism, used to mean a cynical policy of pursuing a state’s own interests.
2. An approach to politics that is not idealistic but ruthlessly opportunistic, especially in advancing the interests of a country.