Summum-bonum definition

so͝oməm bōnəm
The greatest or supreme good.
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(philosophy) The greatest good; the ultimate importance, the singular and most ultimate end which human beings ought to pursue.
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The highest, or supreme, good.
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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
summum-bonum
Plural:
summa-bona

Origin of summum-bonum

  • Latin summum neuter of summus highest bonum good

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From medieval philosophy; Latin for the highest good.

    From Wiktionary