Consequentialism Law and Legal Definition

Consequentialism is a theory of ethics that judges the rightness or wrongness of actions according to their consequences. Utilitarianism is one of the best-known types of consequentialism. Utilitarianism is an ethical theory that judges the rightness or wrongness of actions according to the pleasure they create or the pain they inflict and recommends the action that creates the greatest good for the greatest number of people.