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1. Additional territory deemed necessary to a nation, especially Nazi Germany, for its continued existence or economic well-being.
2. Adequate space in which to live, develop, or function.

[German : Lebens, genitive sing. of Leben, life (from Middle High German, from Old High German lebēn; see leip- in Indo-European roots) + Raum, space (from Middle High German roum, from Old High German rūm; see reuə- in Indo-European roots).]


(Government, Politics & Diplomacy) territory claimed by a nation or state on the grounds that it is necessary for survival or growth
[German, literally: living space]


(ˈleɪ bənsˌraʊm, -bənz-)

n. (often l.c.)
1. additional territory considered, esp. by Nazi Germany, to be necessary for national survival or for expansion of trade.
2. any additional space needed in order to act, function, etc.
[1900–05; < German: living space]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.lebensraum - space sought for occupation by a nation whose population is expanding
elbow room, room, way - space for movement; "room to pass"; "make way for"; "hardly enough elbow room to turn around"
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The truth is that since European Jewish settlers began occupying Palestinian lands in the wake of the Balfour Declaration more than a century ago, they have pursued the Zionist version of lebensraum ruthlessly.
In particular, Hitler was influenced by Haushofers notion of Lebensraum (living room), which left a substantial imprint on his Weltanschauung.
Forsthoff identified steps towards Daseinsvorsorge in Nazi infrastructure planning, which was part and parcel of war mobilization, and borrowed tropes from the geopolitical imaginary of Nazi Germany like Lebensraum.
That the handful of creeps with bad haircuts marching here and there are fantasizing about Lebensraum as they look greedily at Canada?
Adolf Hitler's lebensraum, Hideki Tojo's Greater East Asia Co-Prosperity Sphere, and now China's nine-dash line are clones: All three doctrines have the common goal of seizing territory by intimidation or war.
Segun el autor, la historiografia sobre la participacion de Alemania en el conflicto espanol ha visto en el aspecto ideologico la principal justificacion a la hora de explicar el apoyo aleman al bando sublevado y, posteriormente, la cercania que experimentaron dos regimenes militares en el escenario belico y de crisis internacional de 1936-1945, dandose un tratamiento critico menor a aspectos igualmente capitales en el afianzamiento de las relaciones entre el Estado nazi y la Espana franquista: la situacion de la economia alemana a la altura de 1935-1936, la interpretacion del Lebensraum o el verdadero atractivo que tenia para Alemania el establecimiento de una dictadura en Espana afin al nacionalsocialismo.
For instance, Friedrich Ratzel (a notable geographer, ethnographer and biologist), the creator of Lebensraum (the need of living space), theorized and compared the state to that of a living organism, in search of augmenting its space to support the carrying capacity of its species under its physical environment.
Dice que sus dos ideas rectoras eran, por un lado, el odio a los judios; por otro la idea de conquista territorial, de Lebensraum.
Mit Gemeinschaftsflachen ist eine sprachliche Perspektivierung gewahlt, die stadtischen Lebensraum nicht als unuberbaut darstellt, sondern direkt aus Sicht der Bewohner(innen) erschliefit und damit auch deren Interessen zum Ausdruck bringt.
Timothy Snyder has written about Lebensraum as the political motivation for the Holocaust, the idea that races need room to feed themselves and propagate their kind.
45) Although the very concept of Lebensraum is quite a dreaded one due to its connections to the National-Socialist ideology in Germany and other racist strands across Europe, a non-aggressive understanding of the Kurdish Lebensraum could be adopted with regard to its historical-geography.
By letting in so many, Merkel was seeking to show that Germany is the least nationalistic country on earth and to set an example to the EU about welcoming migrants - Lebensraum in reverse.