[ben-thuh-miz-uh m, -tuh-]

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 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

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  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
Derived FormsBenthamite, noun, adjective
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