Definition of utilitarian adjective from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ˌjuːtɪlɪˈteəriən//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˌjuːtɪlɪˈteriən//
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  1. 1(formal) designed to be useful and practical rather than attractive Her clothes were utilitarian, unlike the elaborate dresses the other girls were wearing. The old hospital was demolished in 1911 and replaced with a much more utilitarian building.
  2. 2(philosophy) based on or supporting the ideas of utilitarianism
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: utilitarian