[yoo-til-i-tair-ee-uh n] /yuˌtɪl ɪˈtɛər i ən/
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 .
of or relating to utilitarianism
designed for use rather than beauty
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.
[yoo-til-i-tee] /yuˈtɪl ɪ ti/ noun, plural utilities. 1. the state or quality of being useful; usefulness: This chemical has no utility as an agricultural fertilizer. 2. something useful; a useful thing. 3. a public service, as a telephone or electric-light system, a streetcar or railroad line, or the like. Compare (def 1). 4. Often, utilities. […]
[vak-yoo-uh s] /ˈvæk yu əs/ adjective 1. without contents; empty: the vacuous air. 2. lacking in ideas or intelligence: a vacuous mind. 3. expressing or characterized by a lack of ideas or intelligence; inane; stupid: a vacuous book. 4. purposeless; idle: a vacuous way of life. /ˈvækjʊəs/ adjective 1. containing nothing; empty 2. bereft of […]
nonvalent non·va·lent (nŏn-vā’lənt) adj. Not capable of forming chemical compounds; having no valency.
[val-id] /ˈvæl ɪd/ adjective 1. sound; just; well-founded: a valid reason. 2. producing the desired result; effective: a valid antidote for gloom. 3. having force, weight, or cogency; authoritative. 4. legally sound, effective, or binding; having legal force: a valid contract. 5. Logic. (of an argument) so constructed that if the premises are jointly asserted, […]
[val-i-deyt] /ˈvæl ɪˌdeɪt/ verb (used with object), validated, validating. 1. to make ; substantiate; confirm: Time validated our suspicions. 2. to give legal force to; legalize. 3. to give official sanction, confirmation, or approval to, as elected officials, election procedures, documents, etc.: to validate a passport. /ˈvælɪˌdeɪt/ verb (transitive) 1. to confirm or corroborate 2. […]