non·​util·​i·​tar·​i·​an | \ ˌnän-(ˌ)yü-ˌti-lə-ˈter-ē-ən How to pronounce nonutilitarian (audio) \

Definition of nonutilitarian

: not utilitarian especially : characterized by or aiming at beauty or ornament rather than utility His production over the years has included upholstery, suiting, and rugs, but most of his objects are strictly nonutilitarian. The Encyclopedia of American Art

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Recent Examples on the Web More broadly, have these nonutilitarian requests prompted any future plans for Alexa? Laura Stevens, WSJ, "‘Alexa, Can You Prevent Suicide?’," 23 Oct. 2017

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First Known Use of nonutilitarian

circa 1866, in the meaning defined above

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“Nonutilitarian.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Oct. 2020.

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