The Nuttall Encyclopedia
The doctrine taught by Machiavelli in "The Prince," that to preserve the integrity of a State the ruler should not feel himself bound by any scruple such as may suggest itself by considerations of justice and humanity; the State he regards as too precious an institution to endanger by scruples of that sort.
Wood, James, ed. Entry for 'Machiavellism'. The Nuttall Encyclopedia. https://www.studylight.org/encyclopedias/eng/nut/m/machiavellism.html. Frederick Warne & Co Ltd. London. 1900.