Definitions for utilitarianyuˌtɪl ɪˈtɛər i ən

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

u•til•i•tar•i•anyuˌtɪl ɪˈtɛər i ən(adj.)

  1. of, pertaining to, or characterized by utility.

  2. designed for or concerned with utility or usefulness rather than beauty, etc.

  3. of, pertaining to, or adhering to the doctrine of utilitarianism.

    Category: Philosphy

  4. (n.)an adherent of utilitarianism.

    Category: Philosphy

Princeton's WordNet

  1. utilitarian(adj)

    someone who believes that the value of a thing depends on its utility

  2. utilitarian, useful(adj)

    having a useful function

    "utilitarian steel tables"

  3. utilitarian(adj)

    having utility often to the exclusion of values

    "plain utilitarian kitchenware"


  1. utilitarian(Noun)

    Someone who practices or advocates utilitarianism.

  2. utilitarian(Adjective)

    of or relating to utility

  3. utilitarian(Adjective)

    practical and functional, not just for show.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Utilitarian(adj)

    of or pertaining to utility; consisting in utility; /iming at utility as distinguished from beauty, ornament, etc.; sometimes, reproachfully, evincing, or characterized by, a regard for utility of a lower kind, or marked by a sordid spirit; as, utilitarian narrowness; a utilitarian indifference to art

  2. Utilitarian(adj)

    of or pertaining to utilitarianism; supporting utilitarianism; as, the utilitarian view of morality; the Utilitarian Society

  3. Utilitarian(noun)

    one who holds the doctrine of utilitarianism

Translations for utilitarian

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


useful rather than ornamental

Our plates and glasses are utilitarian rather than beautiful.

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