contractualism

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Etymology[edit]

From contractual +‎ -ism.

Noun[edit]

contractualism (uncountable)

  1. (politics) A political theory based on the idea of a social contract between a ruler and their subjects.
    • 2002, Colin Jones, The Great Nation, Penguin 2003, p. 301:
      the customary part of the ceremony in which the monarch was presented before the people in his regalia for popular acclaim was removed altogether for fear that it be interpreted as incipient contractualism.