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A political theory promulgated by Thomas Hobbes, advocating absolute monarchy as the means of guaranteeing a stable civil society.
Hobb′ist adj. & n.
(Philosophy) the mechanistic political philosophy of Thomas Hobbes, which stresses the necessity for a powerful sovereign to control human beings
Hob•bism(ˈhɒb ɪz əm)
the doctrines of Hobbes, esp. the doctrine of submission to a royal sovereign to avoid disorder resulting from conflicting individual interests.
Hob′bist, n., adj.
the philosophical beliefs of Thomas Hobbes, who maintained that an individual has the right to self-preservation and the pursuit of happiness. — Hobbist, n. — Hobbesian, adj.See also: Philosophy