[ kon-trak-tair-ee-uh-niz-uh m ]
/ ˌkɒn trækˈtɛər i əˌnɪz əm /


any of various theories that justify moral principles and political choices because they depend on a social contract involving certain ideal conditions, as lack of ignorance or uncertainty.
a general ethical theory that individuals make the right choices under a hypothetical social contract.

Nearby words

  1. contract furniture,
  2. contract labor,
  3. contract of employment,
  4. contract out,
  5. contract practice,
  6. contracted,
  7. contracted kidney,
  8. contracted pelvis,
  9. contractedly,
  10. contractile

Also called con·trac·tu·al·ism [kuh n-trak-choo-uh-liz-uh m] /kənˈtræk tʃu əˌlɪz əm/.

Related formscon·trac·tar·i·an, adjectivecon·trac·tar·i·an·ist, adjective, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019