Adjective "utilitarian" definition and examples



Definitions and examples


Designed to be useful or practical rather than attractive.
  1. 'These traditions provide inspiration at every level - from the design of the most utilitarian objects to fine art.'
  2. 'The original farmhouse was a utilitarian building without much molding or other decoration.'
  3. 'It said the battle to save the building was lost and the site was now to be covered by flats of a utilitarian design.'
  4. 'It's a plain, utilitarian stick that does its job without calling attention to itself.'
  5. 'Surprising though, is the toned down and rather utilitarian look and shape of the accessories.'
  6. 'It is a shopping centre, not Salisbury Cathedral, and it is always going to be a utilitarian building.'
  7. 'The cars handle well, offering a little fun to go with their high quality and utilitarian design.'
  8. 'Department stores do stock lots of bras in ‘plus’ sizes, but they tend to be ugly, utilitarian and practical bras designed for an older clientele.'
  9. 'But does a democracy really have to choose to build brutish, dull, utilitarian buildings when building for itself?'
  10. 'Stoneware was the basic ceramic ware for utilitarian objects in the nineteenth century.'
Relating to or adhering to the doctrine of utilitarianism.
  1. 'He made a lasting contribution to moral and political philosophy by attacking the prevailing materialism and empiricism of utilitarian thinkers.'
  2. 'I imagined that a broadly utilitarian approach to ethics was fairly standard these days.'
  3. 'In England, the utilitarian doctrine of a higher public good trumped the idea of intellectual property rooted in natural right.'


An adherent of utilitarianism.
  1. 'Assigning particular rights to people may be a way to promote wellbeing, and when it is, utilitarians favour doing it.'
  2. 'It is no accident then, that the utilitarians were often called philosophical radicals.'


1. pertaining to or consisting in utility.

2. having regard to utility or usefulness rather than beauty, ornamentation, etc.

3. of, relating to, or adhering to the doctrine of utilitarianism. noun

4. an adherent of utilitarianism.

More examples(as adjective)

"approaches can be utilitarian."

"traditions can be utilitarian."

"functions can be utilitarian."

"forms can be utilitarian."

"purposes can be utilitarian."

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