non·​util·​i·​tar·​i·​an ˌnän-(ˌ)yü-ˌti-lə-ˈter-ē-ən How to pronounce nonutilitarian (audio)
: 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, 23 Oct. 2017

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Word History

First Known Use

circa 1866, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of nonutilitarian was circa 1866

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“Nonutilitarian.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 May. 2024.

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