Definition of Benthamite in English:

Benthamite

adjective

  • Relating to or consistent with the philosophical system of utilitarianism proposed by the English philosopher and jurist Jeremy Bentham.

    ‘the Benthamite calculus of pains and pleasures’
    • ‘Though abandoning the Benthamite system of beliefs, he failed to devise in its stead a coherent system of thought of his own.’
    • ‘I decided to be guided by the old Benthamite principle of the greatest happiness of the greatest number.’
    • ‘It was not until 1825 that Benthamite reformers founded the university.’
    • ‘Neither could be considered a utilitarian in the Benthamite sense.’
    • ‘Two suppressed poems of this period oppose Benthamite reform.’

noun

  • A person who supports the philosophical system of utilitarianism proposed by the English philosopher and jurist Jeremy Bentham.

    ‘for the Benthamite a natural right was both false and meaningless’
    • ‘He's not a Benthamite.’
    • ‘Benthamites believed that the poor had a right to relief.’
    • ‘The Benthamites opposed interference in the free market.’
    • ‘Besides the Benthamites, other forces had been mobilized.’
    • ‘I've always considered myself more a Benthamite than anything else.’

Pronunciation

Benthamite

/ˈbɛnθəmʌɪt/