Definition of hard power in English:

hard power

Syllabification: hard pow·er

noun

A coercive approach to international political relations, especially one that involves the use of military power. Compare with soft power.
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  • For most of history, government stuck to hard power.
  • Europeans have felt oppressed by America's excessive demonstration of hard power.
  • In many ways, soft power is more important than hard power.

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