Origin of utile
1475–85; < Old French < Latin ūtilis, equivalent to ūt(ī) to use + -ilis -ile
[oo-ti-le doo l-kee; English yoot-l-ee duhl-sahy, -see]
- the useful with the pleasurable.
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Examples from the Web for utile
Ouvrage curieux, utile et intressant; propre inspirer le got de cet art, qui est pour nous un vrai prsent des cieux;' Paris, 1806.
Both in their way are extremely useful indeed, combining the utile with the dulci.The Eve of All-Hallows, Vol. 3 (of 3)
Matthew Weld Hartstonge
It also discusses whether there may be a conflict between the honestum and the utile.The Mediaeval Mind (Volume II of II)
Henry Osborn Taylor
In this establishment the utile et dulci are so happily blended, that the accomplished guest can find no cause of complaint.Norman's New Orleans and Environs
B. M. Norman
Assuredly not in that of substituting the utile for the dulce, in any eyes but those of almanack makers.Mirror of the Months
Peter George Patmore
- an obsolete word for useful
C15: via Old French from Latin ūtilis, from ūtī to use
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Word Origin and History for utile
late 15c., from Old French utile (13c.), from Latin utilis, from uti (see use (v.)).
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