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utilitarian

[yoo-til-i-tair-ee-uh n] /yuˌtɪl ɪˈtɛər i ən/
adjective
1.
pertaining to or consisting in utility.
2.
having regard to utility or usefulness rather than beauty, ornamentation, etc.
3.
of, relating to, or adhering to the doctrine of utilitarianism.
noun
4.
an adherent of utilitarianism.
Origin of utilitarian
1775-1785
1775-85; utilit(y) + -arian
Related forms
antiutilitarian, adjective, noun
nonutilitarian, adjective, noun
unutilitarian, adjective
Synonyms
2. practical, useful, functional, sensible.
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utilitarian

/juːˌtɪlɪˈtɛərɪən/
adjective
1.
of or relating to utilitarianism
2.
designed for use rather than beauty
noun
3.
a person who believes in utilitarianism
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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.

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