From Hobbes (“a surname”) + -ian; referring to the 17th century English author Thomas Hobbes, whose best-known work, Leviathan, describes a situation of unrestrained, selfish and uncivilized competition.
- Involving unrestrained, selfish, and uncivilized competition among participants.
1995, Fred Pfeil, White Guys: Studies in Postmodern Domination and Difference, page 150:
- In Hammett's writings, the social is constructed as a vast Hobbesian landscape of grim functionaries and desperate scrabblers […]
- (political philosophy) Relating to Thomas Hobbes or his philosophical theories.