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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.



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.
    • 1941 October, “Notes and News: Great Western Parcels Railcar”, in Railway Magazine, page 474:
      The semi-streamlined contour of the earlier G.W.R. railcars has been given up in favour of a more utilitarian blunt-nose end, and effective floor space gained thereby.
    • 2020 December 2, Anthony Lambert, “Reimagining Railway Stations”, in Rail, pages 38–39:
      These have helped develop a recognition in the industry that bland utilitarian stations do not provide an attractive welcome to the railway, that passengers value stations of character as well as convenience, and that these qualities encourage greater use of trains.



utilitarian (plural utilitarians)

  1. Someone who practices or advocates utilitarianism.


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