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Aug 19, 2010
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utilitarian

PRONUNCIATION:
(yoo-til-i-TAYR-ee-uhn)

MEANING:
adjective:
1. Emphasizing usefulness and practicality over other considerations such as beauty.
2. Of or relating to utilitarianism: the doctrine that something's value is measured by its usefulness, especially as expressed by greatest happiness for the greatest number of people.
noun: An adherent of utilitarianism.

ETYMOLOGY:
From Latin utilis (useful), from uti (to use).

USAGE:
"Gone is the utilitarian Subaru interior of old. This new Subaru was downright luxurious."
John Paul; What Hyundai Needs to Sell the 2011 Equus; The Boston Globe; Aug 6, 2010.

See more usage examples of utilitarian in Vocabulary.com's dictionary.

A THOUGHT FOR TODAY:
Remarriage: A triumph of hope over experience. -Samuel Johnson, lexicographer (1709-1784)

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