[ jee-oh-pol-i-tiks ]
/ ˌdʒi oʊˈpɒl ɪ tɪks /
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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.



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Origin of geopolitics

1900–05; translation of German Geopolitik.See geo-, politics

OTHER WORDS FROM geopolitics

ge·o·pol·i·tic, ge·o·po·lit·i·cal [jee-oh-puh-lit-i-kuhl], /ˌdʒi oʊ pəˈlɪt ɪ kəl/, adjectivege·o·po·lit·i·cal·ly, adverbge·o·pol·i·ti·cian [jee-oh-pol-i-tish-uhn], /ˌdʒi oʊˌpɒl ɪˈtɪʃ ən/, ge·o·pol·i·tist, noun
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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 of geopolitics

geopolitician, noun
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