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Usefulness vs. Utility

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Usefulnessnoun

The quality or degree of being useful.

‘The usefulness of his latest reorganisation has been disputed.’;

Utilitynoun

The state or condition of being useful; usefulness.

Usefulnessnoun

The quality or state of being useful; utility; serviceableness; advantage.

Utilitynoun

Something that is useful.

Usefulnessnoun

the quality of being of practical use

Utilitynoun

(economics) The ability of a commodity to satisfy needs or wants; the satisfaction experienced by the consumer of that commodity.

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Utilitynoun

(philosophy) Well-being, satisfaction, pleasure, or happiness.

Utilitynoun

A service provider, such as an electric company or water company; or, the securities of such a provider.

Utilitynoun

(computing) A software program designed to perform a single task or a small range of tasks, often to help manage and tune computer hardware, an operating system or application software.

‘I've bought a new disk utility that can recover deleted files.’;

Utilitynoun

(sports) The ability to play multiple positions.

Utilityadjective

Having to do with, or owned by, a service provider.

‘utility line; utility bill’;

Utilityadjective

Designating of a room in a house or building where mechanical equipment is installed; such as a furnace, water tank/heater, circuit breaker, and/or air conditioning unit; and often equipped with hookups for laundry equipment (washer/dryer).

‘utility room’;

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Utilitynoun

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.

‘The utility of the enterprises was, however, so great and obvious that all opposition proved useless.’;

Utilitynoun

Adaptation to satisfy the desires or wants; intrinsic value. See Note under Value, 2.

‘Value in use is utility, and nothing else, and in political economy should be called by that name and no other.’;

Utilitynoun

Happiness; the greatest good, or happiness, of the greatest number, - the foundation of utilitarianism.

Utilitynoun

a company that performs a public service; subject to government regulation

Utilitynoun

the quality of being of practical use

Utilitynoun

the service provided by a utility company;

‘the cost of utilities never decreases’;

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Utilitynoun

(economics) a measure that is to be maximized in any situation involving choice

Utilitynoun

(computer science) a program designed for general support of the processes of a computer;

‘a computer system provides utility programs to perform the tasks needed by most users’;

Utilitynoun

a facility composed of one or more pieces of equipment connected to or part of a structure and designed to provide a service such as heat or electricity or water or sewage disposal;

‘the price of the house included all utilities’;

Utilityadjective

used of beef; usable but inferior

Utilityadjective

capable of substituting in any of several positions on a team;

‘a utility infielder’;

Utility

Within economics, the concept of utility is used to model worth or value. Its usage has evolved significantly over time.

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