Utilitarian



pertaining to or consisting in .
having regard to or usefulness rather than beauty, ornamentation, etc.
of, relating to, or adhering to the doctrine of .
an adherent of .
Contemporary Examples

The available options were utilitarian and only came in a few colors.
Concealed Carry Handbags: An Evening Bag for Your Gun? Erin Cunningham October 14, 2013

With “Jim and the Indians,” as the above scenario is known, the utilitarian calculus is clear: save 19 lives.
A Sophistic Moral Case For War Ali Gharib October 26, 2012

Everything is meant to be utilitarian and efficient, at the expense of relaxation or comfort.
Why Smart People Are Dumb Patients Jean Kim July 13, 2014

Is that a utilitarian approach—that you need to understand how institutions have changed to understand the way they are?
Thank Congress, Not LBJ for Great Society Julian Zelizer, Scott Porch January 3, 2015

Why is such an apparently humane man not more strongly condemning a utilitarian initiative straight out of Victorian England?
Obama’s Euthanasia Mistake Lee Siegel August 10, 2009

Historical Examples

But no claim of this description is made for the virtuous man by the utilitarian doctrine.
Utilitarianism John Stuart Mill

We call ours a utilitarian age, and we do not know the uses of any single thing.
De Profundis Oscar Wilde

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 Various

The utilitarian finds a place in his system for this virtue and for every other.’
Philebus Plato

Indeed, if one looks through all nature, one will find the philosophy of tails eminently simple and utilitarian.
The Evolutionist at Large Grant Allen

adjective
of or relating to utilitarianism
designed for use rather than beauty
noun
a person who believes in utilitarianism

1781, coined by Jeremy Bentham (1748-1832) from utility. One guided by the doctrine of the greatest happiness for the greatest number.

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