raison d'être

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raison d'être

The fundamental reason for something or someone to exist; the sole or most important purpose for someone or something. From French, literally "reason for being." I know it's something of a cliché, but my children really are my raison d'être. We've always prized serious social commentary as our magazine's raison d'être.
See also: raison

his, your, etc. ˌraison ˈd’être

/%reIzQ~ "detr@; American English %reIzoUn/ (from French) the most important reason for somebody’s/something’s existence: Work seems to be her sole raison d’être.
The meaning of the French phrase is ‘reason for being’.
See also: raison
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As we hear from some quarters the calls for building a positive and unifying agenda for this Organisation, we would strongly insist that ensuring respect for the core principles and norms of the Helsinki Final Act and the Paris Charter is an impressively positive agenda that belongs to raison detre of the OSCE and forms a prerequisite for peace and security in Europe.
Turning to the Conference on Disarmament (CD), he expressed regret that it had fallen short of expectations in fulfilling its raison detre of nuclear disarmament.
2008) but other authors mention that addicted patients are more likely to have hypomanic or mixed symptoms (Do & Mezuk, 2013; Himmelhoch, Mulla, Neil, Detre & Kupfer, 1976; Keller et al.
17] Fernandez-Seara MA, Techawiboonwong A, Detre JA, et al.
It seems in some ways to strike at the heart of our raison detre, and so it is not surprising that the subject matter appears long neglected in psychoanalytic writing.
It pretty much summarised the raison detre of the National Pharmaceutical Pricing Authority (NPPA).
The unjustified quota system continued unabated for a long time and the people who must object and the raison detre for which the party came into existence, did not pursue its main objective rather completely disregarded the popular goal which has caused the main schism between the two communities of the province.
Thomas Detre Chair of the Department of Neurobiology and scientific director of the University of Pittsburgh Brain Institute.
Ideologically, it is incapable of not supporting Muslim fundamentalism, which is the raison detre of its political system.
Detre, "Imaging brain activity during natural vision using CASL perfusion fMRI," Human Brain Mapping, vol.
Talbott E, Clerici A, Berga SL, Kuller L, Guzick D, Detre K, et al.
L'image pourvue d'un sens implique que lon reconnaisse en elle la valeur symbolique quelle porte, mais elle merite aussi detre etudiee pour ses capacites expressives.