Adequate space in which to live, develop, or function.
Territory for political and economic expansion.
- (in later usage) A GroÃŸdeutschland obtained through Endoeuropean expansion, usually with a focus upon Drang nach Osten, and varying in its scope from the comparatively modest annexation of the Polish Border Strip to overlordship of the European continent by the conquest of Russian lands as far as the Urals.
Origin of lebensraum
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
- From the German Lebensraum (“living space"), from Lebens (“of life") (the genitive of Leben (“life")) + Raum (“space").
- A generalised use of Lebensraum.