noun. 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.
- school of thought
- philosophical system
Example sentences of the word utilitarianism
1. Noun, singular or mass
While pure utilitarianism and pure deontology are two sides of a spectrum, most theories of right and wrong are some mix between the two ideas.
2. Verb, base form
This theory, as opposed to utilitarianism, holds that doing that right and wrong are right or wrong in and of themselves.