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

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Robert Blecker:

    The death penalty should not be a utilitarian issue in terms of weighing the costs against the benefits but rather an issue simply of justice, of who deserves it.

  2. Robert Blecker:

    The death penalty should not be a utilitarian issue in terms of weighing the costs against the benefits, but rather an issue simply of justice, of who deserves it.

  3. Scott Stripling:

    We registered 700 objects this last [excavation] season – seal impressions, scarabs, tools, weapons, jewelry, utilitarian objects, cultic objects, and about 2,000 pieces of pottery a day.

  4. Vladimir Vladimirovich Nabokov:

    Treading the soil of the moon, palpating its pebbles, tasting the panic and splendor of the event, feeling in the pit of one's stomach the separation from terra... these form the most romantic sensation an explorer has ever known... this is the only thing I can say about the matter. The utilitarian results do not interest me.

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