Definition of utilitarian in English:


Line breaks: utili|tar¦ian
Pronunciation: /jʊˌtɪlɪˈtɛːrɪən


  • 2 Philosophy Relating to or adhering to the doctrine of utilitarianism: a utilitarian theorist
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    • He made a lasting contribution to moral and political philosophy by attacking the prevailing materialism and empiricism of utilitarian thinkers.
    • In England, the utilitarian doctrine of a higher public good trumped the idea of intellectual property rooted in natural right.
    • Modern philosophers tend to take a more utilitarian position.


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  • An adherent of utilitarianism.
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    • Assigning particular rights to people may be a way to promote wellbeing, and when it is, utilitarians favour doing it.
    • It is no accident then, that the utilitarians were often called philosophical radicals.
    • The utilitarians, who were also known as Philosophical Radicals, believed in a rather simple social formula: reduce pain and increase pleasure.

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