reason of state


reason of state
Etymology: translation of French raison d'état
: a motive for governmental action based on alleged needs or requirements of a political state regardless of possible transgressions of the rights or the moral codes of individual persons

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reason of state,
a political motive for some action or measure on the part of a ruler, government, or public officer, especially one not expedient to set forth publicly.

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another term for raison d'état

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