Utilitarian meaning

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The definition of a utilitarian is someone who supports the belief that actions should be chosen based on what will cause the most pleasure for the most people.

An example of utilitarian is a person who will give up personal needs for the majority's.

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Utilitarian means relating to practical purposes, or relating to the idea that usefulness is more important than beauty.

An example of a utilitarian decision is to purchase a car that gets good fuel mileage instead of a bigger, more comfortable car.

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Of, having to do with, or believing in utilitarianism.
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Of, relating to, or in the interests of utility.

Utilitarian considerations in industrial design.

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Of, characterized by, or advocating utilitarianism.
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One who advocates or practices utilitarianism.
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Of or having to do with utility.
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Stressing usefulness over beauty or other considerations.
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Made for or aiming at utility.
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A person who believes in utilitarianism.
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Of or relating to utility.
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Practical and functional, not just for show.
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Exhibiting or stressing utility over other values; practical.

Plain, utilitarian kitchenware.

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Origin of utilitarian

  • utilit(y) –arian

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • 1781 utility +"Ž -arian

    From Wiktionary