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 Dictionary entry overview: What does raison d'etre mean? 

  The noun RAISON D'ETRE has 2 senses:

1. reason for being
2. the purpose that justifies a thing's existence

  Familiarity information: RAISON D'ETRE used as a noun is rare.

 Dictionary entry details 


Sense 1raison d'etre [BACK TO TOP]


Reason for being

Classified under:

Nouns denoting cognitive processes and contents

Hypernyms ("raison d'etre" is a kind of...):

rationalisation; rationalization (the cognitive process of making something seem consistent with or based on reason)

Sense 2raison d'etre [BACK TO TOP]


The purpose that justifies a thing's existence

Classified under:

Nouns denoting attributes of people and objects

Hypernyms ("raison d'etre" is a kind of...):

function; purpose; role; use (what something is used for)

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