[ US /juˌtɪɫəˈtɛɹiən/ ]
[ UK /jˌuːtɪlɪtˈe‍əɹi‍ən/ ]
  1. having a useful function
    utilitarian steel tables
  2. having utility often to the exclusion of values
    plain utilitarian kitchenware
  1. someone who believes that the value of a thing depends on its utility
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How To Use utilitarian In A Sentence

  • Utilitarian dressers are likely to have bought their garb from British Home Stores and the Co-operative Society.
  • Utilitarianism in Victorian England was often misconstructed as essentially anti-art, indeed as the doctrine of cultural philistines.
  • This utilitarian approach to law is coupled with a general lack of enforcement in the traditional system.
  • While both deontologists and rule - utilitarians are rule-followers, deontology explicitly stresses duty and intention rather than outcome, whereas the ultimate focus of rule-utilitarianism is on consequences.
  • Municipal pride, manifested by artistic embellishment without utilitarian purpose, shone out from them.
  • Vintage chic used to be all about peeling paint and utilitarian ticking. Times, Sunday Times
  • BRINKLEY: The one thing that I think transcends all the other things they have in common between FDR and Ronald Reagan is both of them distained utilitarianism in guise. CNN Transcript Jul 5, 2007
  • Now both men and women cook, and the kitchen is no longer just a utilitarian room.
  • If you take a utilitarian view, then you can at least analyze it, and are forced to show thework. The Volokh Conspiracy » Is Gov. Perry Covering Up the Execution of an Innocent Man?
  • Inside, while you don't get the style or flair of a Range Rover, you do get a sense of utilitarian toughness.
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