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Definition of hard power in English:


[mass noun]
A coercive approach to international political relations, especially one that involves the use of military power. Compare with soft power.
Example sentences
  • 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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