Definition of felicific in English:



  • Relating to or promoting increased happiness.

    ‘the institution of a rule against murder is in general felicific’
    • ‘And of course there was Bentham with his felicific calculus of pleasure and pain, to say nothing of Jefferson and Franklin.’
    • ‘Take all those high scorers in the felicific calculus, raise the stakes and challenge Cameron to tell us how he will offer all this extra happiness on his ‘dramatically different’ tax and spend.’
    • ‘Could man ever return to the felicific idea of progress as advocated by the 18th or 19th centuries?’
    • ‘Bentham's ambition of a felicific calculus - a scientific way of measuring what matters in decisions - was inherited by economics.’
    • ‘Beyond some point, the disutility of additional work surely offsets the value, both internal and external, of this work, even in the idealized felicific calculus.’


Mid 19th century: from Latin felicificus, from felix, felic- ‘happy’.