Origin of disutility

First recorded in 1875–80; dis-1 + utility
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Examples from the Web for disutility

Historical Examples of disutility

  • The answer is determined by the balance of utility and disutility.

  • 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 plural -ties
  1. 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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