[hob-iz-uh m]
  1. the doctrines of, or those attributed to, Hobbes, especially the doctrine of absolute submission to a royal sovereign in order to avoid the anarchic disorder resulting from the uncontrolled competition of individual interests.

Origin of Hobbism

First recorded in 1675–85; Hobb(es) + -ism
Related formsHob·bist, nounHob·bis·ti·cal, adjective
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  1. the mechanistic political philosophy of Thomas Hobbes, which stresses the necessity for a powerful sovereign to control human beings
Derived FormsHobbist, noun
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