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Mach scale

[ mak ]
/ mæk /
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noun Psychology.
a scale that measures how much deceit and manipulation one will approve or condone in order to achieve some end.
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Origin of Mach scale

1965–70; short for Machiavelli, perhaps with play on mach
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