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raison d'état

[re-zawn dey-ta] /rɛ zɔ̃ deɪˈta/
French.
1.
for the good of the country.
Origin
literally, reason of state
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raison d'etat

n.

from French raison d'état "reason of state," thus "convenience of the government."

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