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raison d'état

[re-zawn dey-ta] /rɛ zɔ̃ deɪˈta/
noun, plural raisons d'état [re-zawn dey-ta] /rɛ zɔ̃ deɪˈta/ (Show IPA). French.
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 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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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
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