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Definition designed for usefulness rather than beauty or style
  • She likes plain utilitarian kitchenware.
utilitarian = designed for usefulness rather than beauty or style
  • He prided himself on not letting his feelings distract from practical, utilitarian considerations.
  • As cultural ecologist Paul Shepard has observed, "The nomadic Bedouin does not dote on scenery, paint landscapes, or compile a nonutilitarian natural history...."
    Jon Krakauer  --  Into the Wild
  • nonutilitarian = designed for beauty or style rather than usefulness
    (Editor's note:  The prefix "non-" in nonutilitarian means not and reverses the meaning of utilitarian. This is the same pattern you see in words like nonfat, nonfiction, and nonprofit.)
  • They were set in small grassless plots littered with broken things, bricks, planks, crockery, things of a once utilitarian value.
    William Faulkner  --  The Sound and the Fury
  • utilitarian = designed for usefulness rather than beauty or style
  • Surely such a utilitarian occupation as the watering of flowers is rather Moulton's duty than yours?
    Oscar Wilde  --  The Importance of Being Earnest
  • utilitarian = useful, but without style
  • Inside was a utilitarian wooden building, and a field of corn.
    Michael Crichton  --  The Andromeda Strain
  • utilitarian = designed for usefulness rather than beauty or style
  • [regarding her favorite word] "I guess I've been living off words for so long it's hard to think about them beyond what's utilitarian."
    Amy Tan  --  The Bonesetter's Daughter
  • utilitarian = useful (rather than beautiful or aesthetic)
  • My parents had raised me to recognize that automobiles are there to get you from point A to point B. They are utilitarian devices, not expressions of social status.
    Randy Pausch  --  The Last Lecture
  • utilitarian = designed for usefulness rather than beauty, style, or status
  • For the first time he realized that eating was something more than a utilitarian function.
    London, Jack  --  Martin Eden
  • They were also impressive by their suggestion of something practical, utilitarian, and remote from sentiment.
    Conrad, Joseph  --  The Arrow of Gold
  • His own person was the exact embodiment of his utilitarian character.
    Melville, Herman  --  Moby Dick I-LXVII
  • Your majesty has not acquired the utilitarian habit of checking the public accounts.
    Dumas, Alexandre  --  The Man in the Iron Mask

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