Lebensraum

Lebensraum

[ley-buhns-roum, -buhnz-]
noun (often lowercase)
1.
additional territory considered by a nation, especially Nazi Germany, to be necessary for national survival or for the expansion of trade.
2.
any additional space needed in order to act, function, etc.

Origin:
1900–05; < German: living space

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Lebensraum (ˈleɪbənzˌraʊm)
 
n
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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lebensraum
"territory needed for a nation's or people's natural development," 1905, from Ger. gen. of leben "life" + raum "space."
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