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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
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Examples from the Web for geopolitics
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  • The newcomers were all destitute, the refugees of the geopolitics of hate from both the Eastern block and from the Arab countries.

    After the Rain Sam Vaknin
  • Unfortunately possessed of strategic import, the Balkan was ravaged by geopolitics.

    After the Rain Sam Vaknin
  • These eunuchs of geopolitics do not dare to carry their military and economic clout to its logical and beneficial conclusion.

    After the Rain Sam Vaknin
British Dictionary definitions for geopolitics


(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
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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