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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).]
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(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]
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(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]
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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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Germany went to war against the Soviet Union mainly for 'Lebensraum' (living room), territory needed for its national development.
The Hindu Supremacists version of Hitler's Lebensraum.'
He also compared the autonomy move as "the Hindu Supremacists version of Hitler's Lebensraum".
He said the Hindu Supremacists crackdown of the disputed valley is the version of Hitler's Lebensraum.
Terming it the 'Hindu Supremacists version of Hitler's Lebensraum', he questioned whether the global community would 'watch and appease as they did Hitler at Munich?'
Lebensraum, the Nazi desire for agricultural land, drove Germans eastward; troops weaponized conifers with shell bursts that caused splintering.
Germany's "lebensraum" (or need for living space) and Japan's need for raw materials, more than anything else, set the stage for the march to global war.
would always be hungry for more lebensraum. Defying the oft-quoted advice of producer Samuel Goldwyn ("If you want to send a message, use Western Union"), they telegraphed a blunt message, boldfaced, in all caps: Nazism was a clear and present danger to the homeland.
The Taiwanese authorities like to play the old trick of blurring the line between political space and "lebensraum" to misguide outsiders.
Like Charles, a believer in green belts, or as he called it Lebensraum. And like Charles a keen supporter of population control.
Part two shifts to the ideological issue of expansion or Lebensraum through an examination of fascist colonialism in East Europe and Africa from the interwar period through the 1940s.