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utilitarian

noun util·i·tar·i·an \ (ˌ)yü-ˌti-lə-ˈter-ē-ən \
|Updated on: 6 Jun 2018

Definition of utilitarian

: an advocate or adherent of utilitarianism

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First Known Use of utilitarian

circa 1780

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utilitarian

adjective

Definition of utilitarian

1 : of or relating to or advocating utilitarianism
2 : marked by utilitarian views or practices
3 a : of, relating to, or aiming at utility
b : exhibiting or preferring mere utility
  • spare utilitarian furnishings

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First Known Use of utilitarian

1802

in the meaning defined at sense 1

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UTILITARIAN Defined for English Language Learners

utilitarian

Definition of utilitarian for English Language Learners

  • : made to be useful rather than to be decorative or comfortable

  • philosophy : of or relating to utilitarianism



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