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[dis-yoo-til-i-tee] /ˌdɪs yuˈtɪl ɪ ti/
the quality of causing inconvenience, harm, distress, etc.
Origin of disutility
First recorded in 1875-80; dis-1 + utility Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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Examples from the Web for disutility
Historical Examples
  • The answer is determined by the balance of utility and disutility.

    The Principles of Economics Frank A. Fetter
  • The explanation of superstitions must hold of all false beliefs, whatever their utility or disutility.

  • On the contrary, with the bringing in of disutility of production, we have the doctrine of the earlier English School revived.

    The Value of Money Benjamin M. Anderson, Jr.
  • When more people use a given amount of consumers' wealth, values, measured in ultimate units of utility or disutility, rise.

British Dictionary definitions for disutility


noun (pl) -ties
  1. the shortcomings of a commodity or activity in satisfying human wants
  2. the degree to which a commodity or activity fails to satisfy human wants
Compare utility (sense 4)
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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