consequentialism

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con·se·quen·tial·ism

 (kŏn′sĭ-kwĕn′shə-lĭz′əm)
n.
The view that the value of an action derives solely from the value of its consequences.

con′se·quen′tial·ist n.

consequentialism

(ˌkɒnsɪˈkwɛnʃəˌlɪzəm)
n
(Philosophy) ethics the doctrine that an action is right or wrong according as its consequences are good or bad
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Unhappily Orin Silver, a man of far-reaching aims, had died too soon to prove that the end justifies the means.
The exemplary leader does not live by the end justifies the means but by ensuring the means and the end are justifiably executed.
I suggest people rethink their position if they believe that in sports, the end justifies the means and that anything goes as long as it results in success.
It has retarded the growth of the democratic process in the belief that the end justifies the means.
The end justifies the means and the means justifies the end-a pragmatic calculus that is compatible with ongoing social trends.
A club statement read: "At a time when the world of football often resembles a jungle where the end justifies the means, we would like to acknowledge the exemplary behaviour of this venerable Scottish club.
The new technology resulting in three-parent babies once again mentions nothing about the human embryonic loss of life, simply our modern ideology is that the end justifies the means.
The end justifies the means, when acting in the name of God.
Marks said that he did not think the CIA had "any conscious strategy to subvert the churches" but that, "to the CIA, the end justifies the means.
Directed by Christian Ditter (The Crocodiles), the film is a pleasant enough, light-hearted watch and the end justifies the means.
Of course the end justifies the means and, thanks to our friends at some of the region's most popular venues and attractions, we had put together a pretty special list of prizes to fill each of the three goody bags we'll be giving away to our three lucky (and very clever, obviously) winners.