- an adherent of utilitarianism.
Origin of utilitarian
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Examples from the Web for utilitarian
Is that a utilitarian approach—that you need to understand how institutions have changed to understand the way they are?Thank Congress, Not LBJ for Great Society
Julian Zelizer, Scott Porch
January 4, 2015
Everything is meant to be utilitarian and efficient, at the expense of relaxation or comfort.Why Smart People Are Dumb Patients
July 14, 2014
The problem is that professional intelligence is mechanical and functional – utilitarian.Richard Hofstadter and America’s New Wave of Anti-Intellectualism
March 9, 2014
The available options were utilitarian and only came in a few colors.Concealed Carry Handbags: An Evening Bag for Your Gun?
October 15, 2013
With "Jim and the Indians," as the above scenario is known, the utilitarian calculus is clear: save 19 lives.A Sophistic Moral Case For War
October 27, 2012
We call ours a utilitarian age, and we do not know the uses of any single thing.De Profundis
But Shelley's world was the world of the utilitarian Godwin and the mathematical Condorcet.Shelley, Godwin and Their Circle
H. N. Brailsford
In the most commercial and utilitarian states of society the power of ideas remains.The Republic
The Utilitarian finds a place in his system for this virtue and for every other.'
Yet of this interval the utilitarian theory takes no cognizance.
- of or relating to utilitarianism
- designed for use rather than beauty
- a person who believes in utilitarianism
Word Origin and History for utilitarian
1781, coined by Jeremy Bentham (1748-1832) from utility. One guided by the doctrine of the greatest happiness for the greatest number.