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


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.


an adherent of utilitarianism.

Origin of utilitarian

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

OTHER WORDS FROM utilitarian

an·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

/ (juːˌtɪlɪˈtɛərɪən) /


of or relating to utilitarianism
designed for use rather than beauty


a person who believes in utilitarianism
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