hypothetical imperative

noun

Definition of hypothetical imperative

: an imperative of conduct that springs from expediency or practical necessity rather than from moral law contrasted with categorical imperative

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translation of German hypothetischer imperativ

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“Hypothetical imperative.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/hypothetical%20imperative. Accessed 25 January 2020.

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