non·​util·​i·​ty | \ ˌnän-yü-ˈti-lə-tē How to pronounce nonutility (audio) \
plural nonutilities

Definition of nonutility

: something that is not a utility especially : a company (such as a producer of electricity) that is not a public utility This change allowed the new nonutilities to compete with utilities and others for the opportunity to sell electricity in wholesale markets … GAO Report often used before another noun nonutility energy producersExxon is one of the world's biggest nonutility generators of electric power. — Toni Mack

Examples of nonutility in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Her resolution could set the stage for a legal challenge, because the state Supreme Court has previously blocked City Light and Seattle Public Utilities from spending ratepayer money on nonutility items, such as streetlights and fire hydrants. Daniel Beekman, The Seattle Times, "Surplus City Light properties could be sold below market value for low-income housing," 30 July 2018

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First Known Use of nonutility

1913, in the meaning defined above

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“Nonutility.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Nov. 2020.

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