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[ hee-don-ik ]


  1. of, characterizing, or pertaining to pleasure:

    a hedonic thrill.

  2. pertaining to hedonism or hedonics.

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Other Words From

  • he·doni·cal·ly adverb
  • nonhe·donic adjective
  • nonhe·doni·cal·ly adverb

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Word History and Origins

Origin of hedonic1

First recorded in 1650–60; Greek hēdonikós “pleasurable,” from hēdon(ḗ) “pleasure” + -ikos -ic; sweet

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Example Sentences

Two goals influence all kinds of decisions about what we eat—hedonic and utilitarian goals.

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A reflection of our culture, marketing tends to emphasize the utilitarian rather than hedonic benefits of breakfast foods.

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She explains that hedonic adaptation is why a new car is only a thrill for a little while.

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They want customers to focus on the brand’s unique selling proposition and the functional and hedonic utilities they provide.

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If not, you may be experiencing what psychologists call hedonic adaptation.

Hedonic adaptation is just a fancy label for what we already know: we get used to things.

Some have suggested that adaptation creates what might be called a hedonic treadmill.

Our conduct must be judged wise or foolish according as, in the long-run, we find a favourable "hedonic" balance-sheet.

The hedonic cannot, according to them, pretend to universal validity, it cannot be normative.


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