greatest good for the greatest number

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greatest good for the greatest number definition


A goal put forth for governments: that they should be judged by the results of their policies, and specifically, whether those policies benefit the majority. (Compare greatest happiness for the greatest number.)

The American Heritage® New Dictionary of Cultural Literacy, Third Edition
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