Simple Definition of utilitarianism
philosophy : the belief that a morally good action is one that helps the greatest number of people
Full Definition of utilitarianism
1 : a doctrine that the useful is the good and that the determining consideration of right conduct should be the usefulness of its consequences; specifically : a theory that the aim of action should be the largest possible balance of pleasure over pain or the greatest happiness of the greatest number
2 : utilitarian character, spirit, or quality
First Known Use of utilitarianism
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