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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).]
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(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]
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re•al•po•li•tik(reɪˈɑlˌpoʊ lɪˌtik, ri-)
(often cap.) political realism or practical politics, esp. policy based on power rather than ideals.
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realism in politics, especially policies or actions based on considerations of power rather than ideals.See also: Politics
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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.
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