or eu·dae·mon·ism

[ yoo-dee-muh-niz-uh m ]
/ yuˈdi məˌnɪz əm /

noun Ethics.

the doctrine that the basis of moral obligations is to be found in the tendency of right actions to produce happiness.

Origin of eudemonism

First recorded in 1820–30; eudemon + -ism

Related forms

eu·de·mon·ist, nouneu·de·mon·is·tic, adjectiveeu·de·mon·is·ti·cal·ly, adverb Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for eudemonism



/ (juːˈdiːməˌnɪzəm) /


philosophy an ethical doctrine holding that the value of moral action lies in its capacity to produce happiness

Derived Forms

eudemonist or eudaemonist, nouneudemonistic, eudaemonistic, eudemonistical or eudaemonistical, adjectiveeudemonistically or eudaemonistically, adverb
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