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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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  • But no claim of this description is made for the virtuous man by the utilitarian doctrine.

    Utilitarianism John Stuart Mill
  • We call ours a utilitarian age, and we do not know the uses of any single thing.

    De Profundis Oscar Wilde
  • Whoever looks upon the map with a utilitarian eye sees at the confluence of these great rivers a favorable point for a great city.

  • The utilitarian finds a place in his system for this virtue and for every other.'

    Philebus Plato
  • Indeed, if one looks through all nature, one will find the philosophy of tails eminently simple and utilitarian.

British Dictionary definitions for utilitarian

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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