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felicific

[fee-luh-sif-ik]
adjective
  1. causing or tending to cause happiness.
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Origin of felicific

1860–65; < Latin fēlīci- (stem of fēlīx) happy + -fic
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Examples from the Web for felicific

Historical Examples

  • The 'felicific calculus' is enough to show the inadequacy of his method.

    The English Utilitarians, Volume I.

    Leslie Stephen

  • It is the economic equivalent of the 'utility' of Bentham's 'felicific calculus.'

  • We are bound to apply our 'felicific calculus' with absolute impartiality.


British Dictionary definitions for felicific

felicific

adjective
  1. making or tending to make happy
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Word Origin

C19: from Latin fēlix happy + facere to make
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