Definition of Pascal's wager in US English:

Pascal's wager


  • The argument that it is in one's own best interest to behave as if God exists, since the possibility of eternal punishment in hell outweighs any advantage in believing otherwise.

    • ‘He was also asked what he thought of Pascal's wager.’
    • ‘Does Pascal's wager look more attractive to you?’
    • ‘At least two questionable steps of logic underlie Pascal's wager.’
    • ‘We are faced with a kind of Pascal's wager: assume the worst and it will surely arrive: commit oneself to the struggle for freedom and justice, and it's cause may be advanced.’
    • ‘So you're laying down a 21 st-century variation of Pascal's wager?’