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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
  • It is a technology with the potential for changing the geopolitics of the world.
  • Imagine how the hydrogen economy will change geopolitics.
  • Scanning through the comments, it is apparent to me that many people do not appreciate how geopolitics works.
  • In geopolitics, as in life, the best medicine is prophylactic.
  • It is shaped more by vested financial and political interests than by ideology or geopolitics.
  • There are no bogus geopolitics weighing it down with a spurious relevance.
  • The first of these is to manage the geopolitics of today's energy economy through vigorous diplomacy with producers and consumers.
  • Manage the geopolitics of today's energy economy through vigorous diplomacy with producers and consumers.
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
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