What does utilitarian mean?

Definitions for utilitarianyuˌtɪl ɪˈtɛər i ən

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word utilitarian.

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

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Utilitarian

    ū-til-i-tā′ri-an, adj. consisting in, or pertaining to, utility or to utilitarianism.—n. one who holds utilitarianism.—v.t. Utilitā′rianise, to make to serve a utilitarian purpose.—ns. Utilitā′rianism, the ethical theory which finds the basis of moral distinctions in the utility of actions, i.e. their fitness to produce happiness.


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of utilitarian in Chaldean Numerology is: 2

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of utilitarian in Pythagorean Numerology is: 8

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Translations for utilitarian

From our Multilingual Translation Dictionary

  • utilitària, utilitariCatalan, Valencian
  • λειτουργικός, ωφελιμίστρια, πρακτικός, ωφελιμιστήςGreek
  • utilitaire, fonctionnel, fonctionnelle, utilitaristeFrench
  • תועלתיHebrew
  • faydacıTurkish

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