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Hobbes

 (hŏbz), Thomas 1588-1679.
English philosopher and political theorist best known for his book Leviathan (1651), in which he argues that the only way to secure civil society is through universal submission to the absolute authority of a sovereign.

Hobbes′i·an adj.

Hobbes

(hɒbz)
n
(Biography) Thomas. 1588–1679, English political philosopher. His greatest work is the Leviathan (1651), which contains his defence of absolute sovereignty
ˈHobbesian n, adj

Hobbes

(hɒbz)

n.
Thomas, 1588–1679, English philosopher and author.
Hobbes′i•an, adj., n.
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