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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun The utilitarian philosophy of Jeremy Bentham, holding that pleasure is the only good and that the greatest happiness for the greatest number should be the ultimate goal of humans.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun The political and ethical system taught by Jeremy Bentham (1748–1832), who held that the greatest happiness of the greatest number is the rational end of moral rules, and ought to be the aim of governments and individuals alike; utilitarianism (which see).

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun That phase of the doctrine of utilitarianism taught by Jeremy Bentham; the doctrine that the morality of actions is estimated and determined by their utility; also, the theory that the sensibility to pleasure and the recoil from pain are the only motives which influence human desires and actions, and that these are the sufficient explanation of ethical and jural conceptions.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • proper noun philosophy The utilitarianist doctrines of Jeremy Bentham.

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Bentham +‎ -ism

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