Definition of "utilitarianism" []

  • The belief that the value of a thing or an action is determined by its utility. (noun)
  • 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. (noun)
  • The quality of being utilitarian: housing of bleak utilitarianism. (noun)

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Use "utilitarianism" in a sentence
  • "It's one thing to show that utilitarianism is not good."
  • "I learned that utilitarianism is a kind of consequentialism."
  • "Recently, my interest in utilitarianism was piqued by a conversation with a philosopher friend, so I took to the web."