An example of utilitarianism was the belief that dropping the atomic bomb on Japan was a good idea since it potentially saved more lives than it lost.
- the doctrine that the worth or value of anything is determined solely by its utility
- the doctrine, developed by Jeremy Bentham and John Stuart Mill, that the aim of all action should be to bring about the greatest happiness of the greatest number
- utilitarian character or quality
- The belief that the value of a thing or an action is determined by its utility.
- The ethical theory proposed by Jeremy Bentham and James Mill that all action should be directed toward achieving the greatest happiness for the greatest number of people.
- The quality of being utilitarian: housing of bleak utilitarianism.