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utilitarian

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

Definition of utilitarian

  1. :  an advocate or adherent of utilitarianism

Circa 1780

First Known Use of utilitarian

circa 1780


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utilitarian

adjective util·i·tar·i·an

Definition of utilitarian

  1. 1 :  of or relating to or advocating utilitarianism

  2. 2 :  marked by utilitarian views or practices

  3. 3 a :  of, relating to, or aiming at utility b :  exhibiting or preferring mere utility <spare utilitarian furnishings>

1802

First Known Use of utilitarian

1802


UTILITARIAN Defined for English Language Learners


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utilitarian

adjective util·i·tar·i·an

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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