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[jee-oh-pol-i-tiks] /ˌdʒi oʊˈpɒl ɪ tɪks/
noun, (used with a singular verb)
the study or the application of the influence of political and economic geography on the politics, national power, foreign policy, etc., of a state.
the combination of geographic and political factors influencing or delineating a country or region.
a national policy based on the interrelation of politics and geography.
a Nazi doctrine that a combination of political, geographic, historical, racial, and economic factors substantiated Germany's right to expand its borders and control various strategic land masses and natural resources.
Compare Lebensraum.
Origin of geopolitics
1900-05; translation of German Geopolitik. See geo-, politics
Related forms
geopolitic, geopolitical
[jee-oh-puh-lit-i-kuh l] /ˌdʒi oʊ pəˈlɪt ɪ kəl/ (Show IPA),
geopolitically, adverb
[jee-oh-pol-i-tish-uh n] /ˌdʒi oʊˌpɒl ɪˈtɪʃ ən/ (Show IPA),
geopolitist, noun Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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Examples from the web for geopolitical
  • Birds, however, often flourish in geopolitical conflict zones.
  • Gradually, his interests evolved to include photographic reportage that addressed news as well as geopolitical and social issues.
  • It began as an effort to minimize geopolitical risk but it quickly expanded to ecological risk.
  • The policy makes no sense on technical, geopolitical or economic grounds.
  • Short of this, geopolitical and economic interests usually resort to warfare in dealing with resource issues.
  • Instead of championing climate change as the sole reason to overhaul energy generation pair it to geopolitical issues.
  • Burning them pollutes our environment and our geopolitical strategy is hamstrung by their power over economic activity.
  • The council tracks students collectively from that region because of its geopolitical importance.
  • The council tracks students from the region because of its geopolitical importance.
  • And the need for reliable sources of energy becomes more evident with every geopolitical tremor.
British Dictionary definitions for geopolitical


of or relating to geopolitics; involving geographical and political elements


(functioning as sing) the study of the effect of geographical factors on politics, esp international politics; political geography
(functioning as pl) the combination of geographical and political factors affecting a country or area
(functioning as pl) politics as they affect the whole world; global politics
Derived Forms
geopolitician, noun
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Word Origin and History for geopolitical

1902, translating Swedish geopolitisk, used in 1900 by Swedish political scientist Rudolf Kjellén (1864-1922); from geo- + politisk "political." Related: Geopolitics (1903).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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