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UTILITARIAN

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does utilitarian mean? 

UTILITARIAN (noun)
  The noun UTILITARIAN has 1 sense:

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

  Familiarity information: UTILITARIAN used as a noun is very rare.


UTILITARIAN (adjective)
  The adjective UTILITARIAN has 2 senses:

1. having a useful function
2. having utility often to the exclusion of values

  Familiarity information: UTILITARIAN used as an adjective is rare.


 Dictionary entry details 


UTILITARIAN (noun)


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Meaning:

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

Classified under:

Nouns denoting people

Hypernyms ("utilitarian" is a kind of...):

moralist (a philosopher who specializes in morals and moral problems)


UTILITARIAN (adjective)


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Meaning:

Having a useful function

Synonyms:

utilitarian; useful

Context example:

utilitarian steel tables

Similar:

functional (designed for or capable of a particular function or use)


Sense 2utilitarian [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Having utility often to the exclusion of values

Context example:

plain utilitarian kitchenware

Similar:

useful; utile (being of use or service)


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