1) Of, relating to, or in the interests of utility.
Coined by Jeremy Bentham (1748-1832) from → utility + -arian.
Philosophy: A doctrine according to which the virtue of a thing or an action is determined by its utility. The goal of utilitarian ethics is to promote the greatest happiness for the greatest number of people. The founders of this philosophical school were Jeremy Bentham (1748-1832) and James Mill (1773-1836).
→ utilitarian; → -ism.