Definition of utilitarian in English:
1Designed to be useful or practical rather than attractive.
- 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 Of, relating to, or adhering to the doctrine of utilitarianism: a utilitarian theorist
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- 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.
- 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.
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