[kon-trak-tair-ee-uh-niz-uh m]


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.

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