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contractarianism

[kon-trak-tair-ee-uh-niz-uh m] /ˌkɒn trækˈtɛər i əˌnɪz əm/
noun
1.
any of various theories that justify moral principles and political choices because they depend on a social contract involving certain ideal conditions, as lack of ignorance or uncertainty.
2.
a general ethical theory that individuals make the right choices under a hypothetical social contract.
Also called contractualism [kuh n-trak-choo-uh-liz-uh m] /kənˈtræk tʃu əˌlɪz əm/ (Show IPA).
Related forms
contractarian, adjective
contractarianist, adjective, noun
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