|Flashcards: Latin Derivatives|
1) having to do with utility (usefulness); 2) stressing, aiming at, or designed for usefulness rather than for other considerations such as beauty
Both engineers and architects design things, but with different ends in mind: the engineer's eye is focused on utility, whereas the architect seeks a balance between the utilitarian and the aesthetic.
Related English word: utilitarianism (the belief that the worth of a thing is determined solely by its usefulness)
Latin root words: utilitas, utilitatis, f. - usefulness; utilis, utile - useful, profitable