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[ben-thuh-miz-uh m, -tuh-]
  1. the utilitarian philosophy of Jeremy Bentham.
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Origin of Benthamism

First recorded in 1820–30; Bentham + -ism
Related formsBen·tham·ic [ben-tham-ik, -tam-] /bɛnˈθæm ɪk, -ˈtæm-/, adjectiveBen·tham·ite [ben-thuh-mahyt, -tuh-] /ˈbɛn θəˌmaɪt, -tə-/, noun
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Historical Examples of benthamism

  • The failure was of the sort which was inevitably incident to Benthamism.

    A Short History of English Liberalism

    Walter Lyon Blease

  • It is easy to find fallacies in the philosophy of Benthamism.

  • The student, therefore, comes to wonder if there is anything which is not Benthamism.

  • Benthamism was thus a profoundly modifying force in other fields than that of politics.

  • For all its philanthropy, Benthamism did not settle the problem of the conditions of life among the working classes.

British Dictionary definitions for benthamism


  1. the philosophy of utilitarianism as first expounded by Jeremy Bentham in terms of an action being good that has a greater tendency to augment the happiness of the community than to diminish it
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Derived FormsBenthamite, noun, adjective
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