“raison”

The following 3 entries include the term raison.

raison d'être

noun

: reason or justification for existence

le cœur a ses raisons que la raison ne connaît point

French quotation from Pascal

: the heart has its reasons, which reason knows nothing of

raison d'état

French noun phrase

: reason of state : justification for a nation's foreign policy on the basis that the nation's own interests are primary

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