reason of state

Definition of reason of state

: 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

History and Etymology for reason of state

translation of French raison d'état

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“Reason of state.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/reason%20of%20state. Accessed 27 Sep. 2022.

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