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lebensraum

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noun le·bens·raum \ˈlā-bənz-ˌrau̇m, -bən(t)s-\

Definition of lebensraum

  1. 1 :  territory believed especially by Nazis to be necessary for national existence or economic self-sufficiency

  2. 2 :  space required for life, growth, or activity



Origin of lebensraum

German, from Leben living, life + Raum space


First Known Use: 1905


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