from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. The belief that the value of a thing or an action is determined by its utility.
- n. The ethical theory proposed by Jeremy Bentham and James Mill that all action should be directed toward achieving the greatest happiness for the greatest number of people.
- n. The quality of being utilitarian: housing of bleak utilitarianism.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A system of ethics based on the premise that something's value may be measured by its usefulness.
- n. the theory that action should be directed toward achieving the "greatest happiness for the greatest number of people"; hedonistic universalism.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. The doctrine that the greatest happiness of the greatest number should be the end and aim of all social and political institutions.
- n. The doctrine that virtue is founded in utility, or that virtue is defined and enforced by its tendency to promote the highest happiness of the universe.
- n. The doctrine that utility is the sole standard of morality, so that the rectitude of an action is determined by its usefulness.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The doctrine that the greatest happiness of the greatest number should be the sole aim of all public action, together with the hedonistic theory of ethics, upon which this doctrine rests.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. doctrine that the useful is the good; especially as elaborated by Jeremy Bentham and James Mill; the aim was said to be the greatest happiness for the greatest number
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