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  3  definitions  found 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
  Utilitarian  \U*til`i*ta"ri*an\,  a.  [See  {Utility}.] 
  1.  Of  or  pertaining  to  utility;  consisting  in  utility;  ?iming 
  at  utility  as  distinguished  from  beauty,  ornament,  etc.; 
  sometimes  reproachfully,  evincing,  or  characterized  by  a 
  regard  for  utility  of  a  lower  kind  or  marked  by  a  sordid 
  spirit;  as  utilitarian  narrowness;  a  utilitarian 
  indifference  to  art. 
  2.  Of  or  pertaining  to  utilitarianism;  supporting 
  utilitarianism;  as  the  utilitarian  view  of  morality;  the 
  Utilitarian  Society.  --J.  S.  Mill. 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
  Utilitarian  \U*til`i*ta"ri*an\,  n. 
  One  who  holds  the  doctrine  of  utilitarianism. 
  The  utilitarians  are  for  merging  all  the  particular 
  virtues  into  one  and  would  substitute  in  their  place 
  the  greatest  usefulness,  as  the  alone  principle  to 
  which  every  question  respecting  the  morality  of  actions 
  should  be  referred.  --Chalmers. 
  But  what  is  a  utilitarian?  Simply  one  who  prefers  the 
  useful  to  the  useless;  and  who  does  not?  --Sir  W. 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
  adj  1:  having  a  useful  function;  "utilitarian  steel  tables"  [syn:  {useful}] 
  2:  having  utility  often  to  the  exclusion  of  values;  "plain 
  utilitarian  kitchenware" 
  n  :  someone  who  believes  that  the  value  of  a  thing  depends  on 
  its  utility 

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