[ ley-buhns-roum, -buhnz- ]
/ ˈleɪ bənsˌraʊm, -bənz- /
noun (often lowercase)
additional territory considered by a nation, especially Nazi Germany, to be necessary for national survival or for the expansion of trade.
any additional space needed in order to act, function, etc.
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Origin of Lebensraum
1900–05; <German: living space
Words nearby Lebensraum
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Example sentences from the Web for Lebensraum
Lebensraum and Volkdeutsch were twin pillars of Nazi ideology.After the Rain|Sam Vaknin
Hitler suggests a future foreign policy for Germany which would assure Lebensraum and domination of the European continent.
British Dictionary definitions for Lebensraum
/ (ˈleɪbənzˌraʊm) /
territory claimed by a nation or state on the grounds that it is necessary for survival or growth
Word Origin for Lebensraum
German, literally: living space
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