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[dis-yoo-til-i-tee] /ˌdɪs yuˈtɪl ɪ ti/
the quality of causing inconvenience, harm, distress, etc.
1875-80; dis-1 + utility Unabridged
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Examples from the web for disutility
  • disutility costs depend on the level of pain and suffering included in the estimates.
  • In this simple model, the disutility of labor moves around substantially, especially during recessions.
  • The disutility from supplying hours of work and effort per hour is the sum of the disutilities of the members who are employed.
  • Also, the justification must exist that the disutility of these time elements is equivalent to time consumed in traveling.
British Dictionary definitions for disutility


noun (pl) -ties
  1. the shortcomings of a commodity or activity in satisfying human wants
  2. the degree to which a commodity or activity fails to satisfy human wants
Compare utility (sense 4)
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