Part of speech: noun

Fitness for some practical use; serviceableness; usefulness.

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Usage examples "utility":

  1. It is not only the ignorant or the foolish, but the enlightened and the educated also, who support and encourage them, either from a consideration of their utility, or from that fear, so universal in the United States, of expressing an opinion contrary to the majority. - "Diary in America, Series One", Frederick Marryat (AKA Captain Marryat).
  2. But the term discovery involves in the thing discovered not merely novelty, but curiosity, utility, difficulty, and consequently some degree of importance. - "Composition-Rhetoric", Stratton D. Brooks.
  3. The 'adaptive' quality in these characters, as in other cases, does not necessarily consist in their utility to the animal, but in the definite relation between them and the external conditions. - "Hormones and Heredity", J. T. Cunningham.