utilitarian

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EtymologyEdit

From utility +‎ -arian, Coined by English philosopher Jeremy Bentham as early as 1781, and popularized by his student John Stuart Mill, who mistakenly attributed the term to John Galt.

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AdjectiveEdit

utilitarian (comparative more utilitarian, superlative most utilitarian)

  1. of or relating to utility
  2. (ethics) pertaining to utilitarianism
  3. practical and functional, present for use, not just for show.

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NounEdit

utilitarian (plural utilitarians)

  1. Someone who practices or advocates utilitarianism.

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Further readingEdit

  • "utilitarian" in Raymond Williams, Keywords (revised), 1983, Fontana Press, page 327.