- a purely political reason for governmental action, based on the national interest and often violating principles of justice.
Origin of raison d'état
literally, reason of state
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Word Origin and History for raison d'etat
from French raison d'état "reason of state," thus "convenience of the government."
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper