What does raison d'etre mean?

Definitions for raison d'etreˈreɪ zoʊn ˈdɛ trə, ˈrɛz ɔ̃; ˈreɪ zoʊnz ˈdɛ trə, ˈrɛz ɔ̃

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word raison d'etre.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. raison d'etre(noun)

    reason for being

  2. raison d'etre(noun)

    the purpose that justifies a thing's existence

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Raison d'être

    rā-zong′ dā′tr, n. reason or excuse for being: rational ground for existence.—adj. Raisonné (rā-zo-nā′), reasoned out, systematic, as in 'catalogue raisonné.' [Fr. raison, reason, de, of, être, to be.]

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of raison d'etre in Chaldean Numerology is: 3

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of raison d'etre in Pythagorean Numerology is: 2

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Werner Baumann:

    Synergies per se are no raison d'etre for organizational structures and businesses.

  2. Ruslan Pukhov:

    Since the collapse of the Soviet Union, NATO has been searching for a raison d’être ... Now NATO, and especially (the) military staff, are relieved that they can return to the good old times.

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Translations for raison d'etre

From our Multilingual Translation Dictionary

  • isto passu enucleatur,Latin

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