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disutility

[ dis-yoo-til-i-tee ]
/ ˌdɪs yuˈtɪl ɪ ti /
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noun

the quality of causing inconvenience, harm, distress, etc.

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Origin of disutility

First recorded in 1875–80; dis-1 + utility
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British Dictionary definitions for disutility

disutility
/ (ˌdɪsjuːˈtɪlɪtɪ) /

noun plural -ties

economics
  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 (def. 4)
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