- a system of politics or principles based on practical rather than moral or ideological considerations.
Realpolitik is politics or diplomacy based primarily on considerations of given circumstances and factors, rather than explicit ideological notions or moral or ethical premises. In this respect, it shares aspects of its philosophical approach with those of realism and pragmatism. It is often simply referred to as “pragmatism” in politics, e.g. ‘pursuing pragmatic policies’ (Singapore).— Source: wiki/Realpolitik
Origin: early 20th cent.: from German Realpolitik ‘practical politics.’