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Meaning of UTILITARIANISM

Pronunciation:  yoo`tili'tehreeu`nizum

 
WordNet Dictionary
 
 Definition: 
[n]  doctrine that the useful is the good; especially as elaborated by Jeremy Bentham and James Mill; the aim was said to be the greatest happiness for the greatest number
 

UTILITARIANISM is a 14 letter word that starts with U.

 

 See Also: doctrine, ism, philosophy, school of thought

 

 

Webster's 1913 Dictionary
 
 Definition: 
\U*til`i*ta"ri*an*ism\, n.
1. The doctrine that the greatest happiness of the greatest
   number should be the end and aim of all social and
   political institutions. --Bentham.

2. The doctrine that virtue is founded in utility, or that
   virtue is defined and enforced by its tendency to promote
   the highest happiness of the universe. --J. S. Mill.

3. The doctrine that utility is the sole standard of
   morality, so that the rectitude of an action is determined
   by its usefulness.

 

 

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