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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.
1.
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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n.

from French raison d'état "reason of state," thus "convenience of the government."

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