Utilitarians are people who focus on the practical consequences of any action. They usually believe that the best way to achieve the most good is to focus on what is actually useful.

  • The utilitarian argued that the treaty was a bad idea because it would cause too many problems.

  • The utilitarian argued that the treaty would be a good idea because it would prevent war.

Definition of utilitarians


having a useful function




having utility often to the exclusion of values


someone who believes that the value of a thing depends on its utility

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Example Sentences for utilitarians

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    Beneficence usually requires us to make utilitarian decisions.

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    The architecture was utilitarian in the extreme.

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    The effect is utilitarian and bland.

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    The idea of an admin is utilitarian.

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    I'm not supporting the utilitarianism argument.

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    Is it the utilitarian text on the record label

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    So the issue here is utilitarian.

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    How is the Mona Lisa utilitarian

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    Also, retributive has no connection to utilitarianism.

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    The architecture and layout of the town is largely utilitarian.