[ 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

ge·o·pol·i·tic, ge·o·po·lit·i·cal [jee-oh-puh-lit-i-kuh l] /ˌdʒi oʊ pəˈlɪt ɪ kəl/, adjectivege·o·po·lit·i·cal·ly, adverbge·o·pol·i·ti·cian [jee-oh-pol-i-tish-uh n] /ˌdʒi oʊˌpɒl ɪˈtɪʃ ən/, ge·o·pol·i·tist, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for geopolitics


/ (ˌdʒiːəʊˈpɒlɪtɪks) /


(functioning as singular) the study of the effect of geographical factors on politics, esp international politics; political geography
(functioning as plural) the combination of geographical and political factors affecting a country or area
(functioning as plural) politics as they affect the whole world; global politics

Derived Forms

geopolitician, noun
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