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Pronunciation:  `yûtili'tehreeun

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  someone who believes that the value of a thing depends on its utility
  2. [adj]  having a useful function; "utilitarian steel tables"
  3. [adj]  having utility often to the exclusion of values; "plain utilitarian kitchenware"

UTILITARIAN is a 11 letter word that starts with U.


 Synonyms: functional, useful, utile
 See Also: moralist



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \U*til`i*ta"ri*an\, a. [See {Utility}.]
    1. 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. Of or pertaining to utilitarianism; supporting
       utilitarianism; as, the utilitarian view of morality; the
       Utilitarian Society. --J. S. Mill.
  2. \U*til`i*ta"ri*an\, n.
    One who holds the doctrine of utilitarianism.
          The utilitarians are for merging all the particular
          virtues into one, and would substitute in their place
          the greatest usefulness, as the alone principle to
          which every question respecting the morality of actions
          should be referred.                      --Chalmers.
          But what is a utilitarian? Simply one who prefers the
          useful to the useless; and who does not? --Sir W.