nonutilitarian

adjective non·util·i·tar·i·an \ ˌnän-(ˌ)yü-ˌti-lə-ˈter-ē-ən \

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.
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First Known Use of nonutilitarian

circa 1866


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