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utilitarianism

[yoo-til-i-tair-ee-uh-niz-uh m] /yuˌtɪl ɪˈtɛər i əˌnɪz əm/
noun
1.
the ethical doctrine that virtue is based on utility, and that conduct should be directed toward promoting the greatest happiness of the greatest number of persons.
Origin
1820-1830
1820-30; utilitarian + -ism
Related forms
antiutilitarianism, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for antiutilitarianism

utilitarianism

/juːˌtɪlɪˈtɛərɪəˌnɪzəm/
noun (ethics)
1.
the doctrine that the morally correct course of action consists in the greatest good for the greatest number, that is, in maximizing the total benefit resulting, without regard to the distribution of benefits and burdens
2.
the theory that the criterion of virtue is utility
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Word Origin and History for antiutilitarianism

utilitarianism

n.

1827, from utilitarian + -ism.

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antiutilitarianism in Culture

utilitarianism definition


A system of ethics according to which the rightness or wrongness of an action should be judged by its consequences. The goal of utilitarian ethics is to promote the greatest happiness for the greatest number. Jeremy Bentham, an English philosopher, was the founder of utilitarianism; John Stuart Mill was its best-known defender.

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