DOCTRINE OF UTILITY
\dˈɒktɹɪn ɒv juːtˈɪlɪti], \dˈɒktɹɪn ɒv juːtˈɪlɪti], \d_ˈɒ_k_t_ɹ_ɪ_n ɒ_v j_uː_t_ˈɪ_l_ɪ_t_i]\
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That of Hume, in his Inquiry concerning the Principles of Morals, 1751 ; the foundation of his moral system ; viz. that is virtuous which is useful or agreeable to the person himself or to others ; usefulness being only a tendency to a certain end, and that end the happiness both of ourselves and of others, with whom we have necessarily a fellow-feeling ; and all this, looking no further than this present life.
By Henry Percy Smith
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- legal doctrine stating person receives money or other through no effort of his own, at expense another, recipient should return to rightful owner, even if property was not obtained illegally. Most courts will order that the be returned party who has suffered loss brings a lawsuit. 1. Benefit retention with no consideration of return where it can be reasonably expected. 2. Money obtained that is not a gift the beneficiary needs to make restitution for.