[ley-buh ns-roum, -buh nz-]
- 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.
Origin of Lebensraum
1900–05; < German: living space
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Historical Examples of lebensraum
Lebensraum and Volkdeutsch were twin pillars of Nazi ideology.After the Rain
Hitler suggests a future foreign policy for Germany which would assure Lebensraum and domination of the European continent.
- 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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