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The term “utilitarian” refers to a philosophy or ethical theory that emphasizes the maximization of overall well-being or “utility” for the greatest number of individuals. In other words, utilitarianism focuses on the greatest good for the greatest number of people. This can be applied in various contexts, such as politics, economics, and social welfare. Utilitarianism is often contrasted with other ethical theories, such as deontological ethics, which emphasize the importance of following rules or principles regardless of the outcomes they produce.