utilitarianism

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noun util·i·tar·i·an·ism \(ˌ)yü-ˌti-lə-ˈter-ē-ə-ˌni-zəm\

Definition of utilitarianism

  1. 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. 2 :  utilitarian character, spirit, or quality

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UTILITARIANISM Defined for English Language Learners

utilitarianism

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noun util·i·tar·i·an·ism \(ˌ)yü-ˌti-lə-ˈter-ē-ə-ˌni-zəm\

Definition of utilitarianism for English Language Learners

  • philosophy : the belief that a morally good action is one that helps the greatest number of people


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