- 1Designed to be useful or practical rather than attractive: a utilitarian buildingMore example sentences
practical, functional, serviceable, useful, sensible, effective, efficient, (suited) to the purpose, pragmatic, realistic, utility, working, workaday, handy, neat, ordinary, down-to-earth; plain, unadorned, undecorative, unpretentious, unsentimental, soulless; hard-wearing, durable, lasting, long-lasting, tough, strong, robust, wear-resistant
- 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.
- They looked merely utilitarian and sensibly designed.
- The scrapers seem to have functioned primarily as utilitarian items rather than prestige items.
- 2 Philosophy Relating to or adhering to the doctrine of utilitarianism: a utilitarian theoristMore example sentences
- He made a lasting contribution to moral and political philosophy by attacking the prevailing materialism and empiricism of utilitarian thinkers.
- In England, the utilitarian doctrine of a higher public good trumped the idea of intellectual property rooted in natural right.
- Modern philosophers tend to take a more utilitarian position.
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- An adherent of utilitarianism.More example sentences
- Assigning particular rights to people may be a way to promote wellbeing, and when it is, utilitarians favour doing it.
- It is no accident then, that the utilitarians were often called philosophical radicals.
- The utilitarians, who were also known as Philosophical Radicals, believed in a rather simple social formula: reduce pain and increase pleasure.