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  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
  Benthamism  \Ben"tham*ism\,  n. 
  That  phase  of  the  doctrine  of  utilitarianism  taught  by  Jeremy 
  Bentham;  the  doctrine  that  the  morality  of  actions  is 
  estimated  and  determined  by  their  utility;  also  the  theory 
  that  the  sensibility  to  pleasure  and  the  recoil  from  pain  are 
  the  only  motives  which  influence  human  desires  and  actions, 
  and  that  these  are  the  sufficient  explanation  of  ethical  and 
  jural  conceptions.