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raison d'etre (n.)

"excuse for being," 1864, first recorded in letter of J.S. Mill, from French raison d'être, literally "rational grounds for existence."

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Definitions of raison d'etre from WordNet

raison d'etre (n.)
reason for being;
raison d'etre (n.)
the purpose that justifies a thing's existence;
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