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contractarianism

[ kon-trak-tair-ee-uh-niz-uhm ]

noun

  1. 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.
  2. a general ethical theory that individuals make the right choices under a hypothetical social contract.


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  • contrac·tari·an adjective
  • contrac·tari·an·ist adjective noun

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