utilitarian

[ yoo-til-i-tair-ee-uhn ]
/ yuˌtɪl ɪˈtɛər i ən /

adjective

pertaining to or consisting in utility.
having regard to utility or usefulness rather than beauty, ornamentation, etc.
of, relating to, or adhering to the doctrine of utilitarianism.

noun

an adherent of utilitarianism.

Nearby words

  1. utile dulci,
  2. utilicare,
  3. utilidor,
  4. utilisation,
  5. utilise,
  6. utilitarianism,
  7. utility,
  8. utility function,
  9. utility man,
  10. utility player

Origin of utilitarian

First recorded in 1775–85; utilit(y) + -arian

Related formsan·ti·u·til·i·tar·i·an, adjective, nounnon·u·til·i·tar·i·an, adjective, nounun·u·til·i·tar·i·an, adjective

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British Dictionary definitions for utilitarian

utilitarian

/ (juːˌtɪlɪˈtɛərɪən) /

adjective

of or relating to utilitarianism
designed for use rather than beauty

noun

a person who believes in utilitarianism
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Word Origin and History for utilitarian

utilitarian

1781, coined by Jeremy Bentham (1748-1832) from utility. One guided by the doctrine of the greatest happiness for the greatest number.

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