[ kon-si-kwen-shuh-liz-uh m ]
/ ˌkɒn sɪˈkwɛn ʃəˌlɪz əm /
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.
Related formscon·se·quen·tial·ist, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for consequentialist
/ (ˌkɒnsɪˈkwɛnʃəˌlɪzəm) /
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 consequentialist
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