consequentialism

consequentialism

[kon-si-kwen-shuh-liz-uhm]
noun
1.
the theory that human actions derive their moral worth solely from their outcomes or consequences.
2.
the theory that ethical decisions should be made on the basis of the expected outcome or consequences of the action.

consequentialist, noun
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consequentialism (ˌkɒnsɪˈkwɛnʃəˌlɪzəm)
 
n
ethics the doctrine that an action is right or wrong according as its consequences are good or bad

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consequentialism
1969, from consequential + -ism. The philosophy that the morality of an action is to be judged solely by its consequences. Related: Consequentialist.
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