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[yoo-til, -tahyl]
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  1. useful.
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Origin of utile

1475–85; < Old French < Latin ūtilis, equivalent to ūt(ī) to use + -ilis -ile

utile dulci

[oo-ti-le doo l-kee; English yoot-l-ee duhl-sahy, -see]
  1. the useful with the pleasurable.
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Related Words for utile

applicable, feasible, practical, achievable, workable, attainable, viable, handy, doable, rational, factual, pragmatic, sensible, efficient, businesslike, down-to-earth, functional, sane, practicable, reasonable

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Historical Examples of utile

  • Ouvrage curieux, utile et intressant; propre inspirer le got de cet art, qui est pour nous un vrai prsent des cieux;' Paris, 1806.

    Musical Myths and Facts, Volume II (of 2)

    Carl Engel

  • Both in their way are extremely useful indeed, combining the utile with the dulci.

  • It also discusses whether there may be a conflict between the honestum and the utile.

  • In this establishment the utile et dulci are so happily blended, that the accomplished guest can find no cause of complaint.

  • 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

British Dictionary definitions for utile


  1. an obsolete word for useful
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Word Origin for utile

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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