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Definition of Utility


  1. The quality or state of being useful; usefulness; production of good; profitableness to some valuable end; as, the utility of manure upon land; the utility of the sciences; the utility of medicines.
  2. Adaptation to satisfy the desires or wants; intrinsic value. See Note under Value, 2.
  3. Happiness; the greatest good, or happiness, of the greatest number, -- the foundation of utilitarianism.

Utility Quotations

Love consists in giving without getting in return; in giving what is not owed, what is not due the other. That's why true love is never based, as associations for utility or pleasure are, on a fair exchange.
Mortimer Adler

I trust in nature for the stable laws of beauty and utility. Spring shall plant and autumn garner to the end of time.
Robert Browning

The value and utility of any experiment are determined by the fitness of the material to the purpose for which it is used, and thus in the case before us it cannot be immaterial what plants are subjected to experiment and in what manner such experiment is conducted.
Gregor Mendel

The true basis of morality is utility; that is, the adaptation of our actions to the promotion of the general welfare and happiness; the endeavour so to rule our lives that we may serve and bless mankind.
Annie Besant

Nothing can have value without being an object of utility.
Karl Marx
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Utility Translations

utility in Dutch is utility
utility in German is Dienstprogramm
utility in Latin is utilitas
utility in Portuguese is utilidade
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