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consequentialism

[ kon-si-kwen-shuh-liz-uh m ]
/ ˌkɒn sɪˈkwɛn ʃəˌlɪz əm /

noun

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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Nearby words

consequence, consequences, consequent, consequent stream, consequential, consequentialism, consequently, conservable, conservancy, conservation, conservation biology
Related formscon·se·quen·tial·ist, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for consequentialism

consequentialism

/ (ˌkɒnsɪˈkwɛnʃəˌlɪzəm) /

noun

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

consequentialism


n.

1969, from consequential + -ism. The philosophy that the morality of an action is to be judged solely by its consequences. Related: Consequentialist.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper