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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"