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raison d'état

[ re-zawndey-ta ]
/ rɛ zɔ̃ deɪˈta /
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noun plural rai·sons d'é·tat [re-zawndey-ta] /rɛ zɔ̃ deɪˈta/ French.
a purely political reason for governmental action, based on the national interest and often violating principles of justice.
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Origin of raison d'état

Literally, “reason of state”

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