Definition of summum bonum in English:

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summum bonum

Pronunciation: /ˌso͝oməm ˈbōnəm/


The highest good, especially as the ultimate goal according to which values and priorities are established in an ethical system.
Example sentences
  • Thus he suggested that in our moral thought we were aware of a duty to promote what he called the summum bonum, the highest good, and also of an associated obligation to pursue our moral perfection as individuals.
  • The first we shall consider goes by sketching some conception of the good life, the summum bonum (maximum good).
  • Nirvana is the summum bonum of Buddhism and goal of the Eightfold Path.



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