- causing or tending to cause happiness.
Origin of felicific
1860–65; < Latin fēlīci- (stem of fēlīx) happy + -fic
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Examples from the Web for felicific
The 'felicific calculus' is enough to show the inadequacy of his method.
It is the economic equivalent of the 'utility' of Bentham's 'felicific calculus.'The English Utilitarians, Volume II (of 3)
We are bound to apply our 'felicific calculus' with absolute impartiality.
- making or tending to make happy
C19: from Latin fēlix happy + facere to make
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