raison d'etre


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rai·son d'ê·tre

 (rā′zōn dĕt′rə, rĕ-zôN)
n. pl. rai·sons d'être (rā′zōn, rĕ-zôN)
Reason or justification for existing.

[French : raison, reason + de, of, for + être, to be.]

raison d'être

(rɛzɔ̃ dɛtrə)
n, pl raisons d'être (rɛzɔ̃ dɛtrə)
reason or justification for existence

raison d'être

A French phrase meaning reason for being, used to mean a reason or justification for the existence of something or someone.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.raison d'etre - reason for being
rationalization, rationalisation - the cognitive process of making something seem consistent with or based on reason
2.raison d'etre - the purpose that justifies a thing's existence
function, purpose, use, role - what something is used for; "the function of an auger is to bore holes"; "ballet is beautiful but what use is it?"
Translations

raison d'être

[ˈreɪzɔːnˈdɛːtr] Nrazón f de ser

raison d'être

[ˌreɪz#xf5;ːnˈdeɪtr] nragione f di vita
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