- the theory that human actions derive their moral worth solely from their outcomes or consequences.
- the theory that ethical decisions should be made on the basis of the expected outcome or consequences of the action.
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- ethics the doctrine that an action is right or wrong according as its consequences are good or bad
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Word Origin and History for consequentialism
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