utilitarian

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj utilitarian having a useful function "utilitarian steel tables"
    • adj utilitarian having utility often to the exclusion of values "plain utilitarian kitchenware"
    • n utilitarian someone who believes that the value of a thing depends on its utility
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Utilitarian Of or pertaining to utilitarianism; supporting utilitarianism; as, the utilitarian view of morality; the Utilitarian Society.
    • Utilitarian Of or pertaining to utility; consisting in utility; priming 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.
    • n Utilitarian 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.""But what is a utilitarian ? Simply one who prefers the useful to the useless; and who does not?"
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • utilitarian Consisting in or pertaining to utility; having regard to utility rather than beauty and the like; specifically, making the greatest good of the greatest number the prime consideration. See the quotations.
    • n utilitarian One who holds the doctrine of utilitarianism.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adj Utilitarian ū-til-i-tā′ri-an consisting in, or pertaining to, utility or to utilitarianism
    • n Utilitarian one who holds utilitarianism
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
See Utility

Usage

In literature:

Utilitarian tables, desks and chairs were placed about with mathematical precision.
"Astounding Stories of Super-Science, November, 1930" by Various
The strictly utilitarian school of thought was dominant.
"The Fathers of Confederation" by A. H. U. Colquhoun
The rigid utilitarian will hardly be satisfied with the short catalogue which can be furnished of the uses of fungi.
"Fungi: Their Nature and Uses" by Mordecai Cubitt Cooke
In any case the Utilitarian principle is the only one which is honored in practice.
"Flowers of Freethought" by George W. Foote
The word "utilitarian," however, is to be interpreted in its broadest sense.
"How to Study" by George Fillmore Swain
He ought, by all his intellectual sympathies, to be a utilitarian.
"Hours in a Library" by Leslie Stephen
It has not become imitative, utilitarian or bound by arbitrary conventions.
"Music: An Art and a Language" by Walter Raymond Spalding
Beyond his utilitarian senses no art emotion stirred in these signs of creation.
"History of Human Society" by Frank W. Blackmar
Literature and utilitarianism, 343.
"Memoirs of Life and Literature" by W. H. Mallock
All other dwarfing is more for the amateur than the utilitarian.
"Soil Culture" by J. H. Walden
But he only conformed to the curious utilitarian spirit which pervaded the literature of the time.
"Spenser" by R. W. Church
FROM THE UTILITARIAN OUTLOOK?
"The Forerunners" by Romain Rolland
Utilitarian explanations have also been suggested.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 6, Slice 4" by Various
Whoever looks upon the map with a utilitarian eye sees at the confluence of these great rivers a favorable point for a great city.
"With the World's Great Travellers, Volume 1" by Various
Faith has turned utilitarian, as regards its apologetics.
"Rationalism" by John Mackinnon Robertson
The Comtist system is utilitarianism crowned by a fantastic decoration.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 6, Slice 7" by Various
I make this strictly utilitarian suggestion solely to meet a very urgent and deep national need.
"Cottage Building in Cob, Pisé, Chalk and Clay" by Clough Williams-Ellis
They were valued not only for utilitarian purposes, but as almost the sole amusement enjoyed by the colonists during the week.
"Pioneering in Cuba" by James Meade Adams
The distrust of Utilitarianism need be ascribed to none of these.
"Creative Intelligence" by John Dewey, Addison W. Moore, Harold Chapman Brown, George H. Mead, Boyd H. Bode, Henry Waldgrave, Stuart James, Hayden Tufts, Horace M. Kallen
My brothers, utilitarianism will do away with you, you and your rude remote country!
"Library of the World's Best Literature, Ancient and Modern, Vol. 13" by Various
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In poetry:

Rugged type of primal man,
Grim utilitarian,
Loving woods for hunt and prowl,
Lake and hill for fish and fowl,
As the brown bear blind and dull
To the grand and beautiful:
"The Grave" by John Greenleaf Whittier

In news:

Snap to attention with utilitarian essentials.
Muji, a Japanese company, offers utilitarian wares in cardboard, plastic and aluminum -- without logos.
The PureGear Utilitarian Support System serves triple-duty.
Mobile magic has utilitarian impact.
As many SUVs have evolved into what some folks call crossovers, they have also morphed from utilitarian, truck-like vehicles into more luxurious ones.
Use it for a few minutes and the utilitarian inbox you had before will become the silliest thing you've ever used.
Hamilton, who is a costume designer, tries in this show to separate clothes from their utilitarian function and consider them as objects that have attributes, even beauty, of their own.
Either keep it bare for a utilitarian look or cover it with a piece of fabric for something softer.
From a utilitarian standpoint (the greatest good for the greatest number), having sanctioned wolf hunts is ethically acceptable.
Noah Berlatsky edits the online comics and culture website the Hooded Utilitarian.
Architect Lloyd Russell's design for this desert getaway passively mitigates the elements with a utilitarian solution, turning a modest modern retreat into a hardy, region-appropriate home.
It is a utilitarian implement, yet strong and pleasing to the eye.
His crystal wineglasses, like new ones by Mikasa and Varga, are both utilitarian and pretty.
Led by Product Designer Kain Lucas, Ute manufactures Australian designed products with a focus on utilitarian application.
Remnants of spring's military trend can still be seen in fall's modern utilitarian look.
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In science:

It would be very utilitarian if aspects of such scattering were indeed well approximated by a simple convenient functional form.
A simple functional form for proton-${}^{208}$Pb total reaction cross sections
Since we do not have the experimental data for all necessary nuclei at all different energies it would be utilitarian if such scattering data were well approximated by a simple convenient function form with which predictions could be made for cases of energies and/or masses as yet to be measured.
Simple functional forms for total cross sections from neutron-nucleus collisions
As with HTML, the basic building blocks can be combined in a variety of ways to create data sets as utilitarian or richly formatted as the user desires.
Sky in Google Earth: The Next Frontier in Astronomical Data Discovery and Visualization
Our view of local times in these notes is purely utilitarian: even though they deserve much study in themselves, we will only stick to what we strictly need here.
Recent progress in coalescent theory
Mikalef, P., Giannakos, M., & Pateli, A. (2012). Exploring the Business Potential of Social Media: An Utilitarian and Hedonic Motivation Approach. Proceedings of the 25th Bled e-Conference, Bled, Slovenia.
In the Face (book) of Social Learning
Since we do not have the experimental data for all necessary nuclei at all different energies it would be utilitarian if such scattering data were well approximated by a simple convenient function form with which predictions could be made for cases of energies and/or masses as yet to be measured.
Predicting total and total reaction cross sections using a simple functional form
This idea must not be misunderstood in a utilitarian sense.
Elementary Considerations on the Interpretation of the Foundations of Quantum Mechanics
The traditional utilitarian approach has been to sub ject pseudorandom number sequences to tests, which derive from mathematical statistics .
A Comparative Study of Some Pseudorandom Number Generators
It would be very utilitarian if aspects of such scattering were well approximated by a simple convenient functional form.
Predicting proton-nucleus total reaction cross sections up to 300 MeV using a simple functional form
The concept of utility dates back to the XVIII-th and XIX-th century utilitarian’s economy and its eminent representative Jeremy Bentham.
Equation of state for agents on graphs
The resulting mass consensus everyday working worldview is perfect. It is perfect in the same sense that mass markets are perfect. It is perfect not in the universal philosophical sense but rather in the utilitarian practical sense. It is perfect in the sense of being engineering and econom ic optimal.
Ten Incredibly Dangerous Software Ideas
We consider mechanisms for utilitarian combinatorial allocation problems, where agents are not assumed to be single-minded.
Price of Anarchy for Greedy Auctions
Approximation techniques for utilitarian mechanism design.
Price of Anarchy for Greedy Auctions
Approximation techniques for utilitarian mechanism design.
An Impossibility Result for Truthful Combinatorial Auctions with Submodular Valuations
Approximation techniques for utilitarian mechanism design.
Secondary Spectrum Auctions for Symmetric and Submodular Bidders
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