contractarianism

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con·trac·tar·i·an·ism

 (kŏn′trăk-târ′ē-ə-nĭz′əm)
n.
Any of various theories that justify moral principles or political arrangements by appealing to a social contract that is voluntarily committed to under ideal conditions for such commitment. Also called contractualism.

con′trac·tar′i·an adj.
con′trac·tar′i·an·ist adj.
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