Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. The greatest or supreme good.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The greatest good; the ultimate importance, the singular and most ultimate end which human beings ought to pursue.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • The supreme or highest good, -- referring to the object of human life.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The chief or highest good.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. the supreme good in which all moral values are included or from which they are derived

Etymologies

Latin : summum, neuter of summus, highest + bonum, good.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From medieval philosophy; Latin for the highest good. (Wiktionary)

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