greatest happiness principle


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greatest happiness principle

n
(Philosophy) the ethical principle that an action is right in so far as it promotes the greatest happiness of the greatest number of those affected. See utilitarianism
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Utility, or the Greatest Happiness Principle, holds that actions are right in proportion as they tend to promote happiness, wrong as they tend to produce the reverse of happiness.
The Creed which accepts the foundation of morals, utility, or the greatest happiness principle, horse that actions are right in proportion as they tend to promote happiness, wrong as they tend to produce the reverse of happiness.