Definition from Wiktionary, the free dictionary
consequentialism (plural consequentialisms)
- (ethics) The ethical study of morals, duties and rights with an approach that focuses consequences of a particular action.
- (ethics) The belief that consequences form the basis for any valid moral judgment about an action. Thus, from a consequentialist standpoint, a morally right action is one that produces a good outcome, or consequence.
- deontology - contrast