English Synonyms and Antonyms
Utility (Latin utilis, useful) signifies primarily the quality of being useful, but is somewhat more abstract and philosophical than usefulness or use, and is often employed to denote adaptation to produce a valuable result, while usefulness denotes the actual production of such result. We contrast beauty and utility. We say of an invention, its utility is questionable, or, on the other hand, its usefulness has been proved by ample trial, or I have found it of use; still, utility and usefulness are frequently interchanged. Expediency (Latin ex, out, and pes, foot; literally, the getting the foot out) refers primarily to escape from or avoidance of some difficulty or trouble; either expediency or utility may be used to signify profit or advantage considered apart from right as the ground of moral obligation, or of actions that have a moral character, expediency denoting immediate advantage on a contracted view, and especially with reference to avoiding danger, difficulty, or loss, while utility may be so broadened as to cover all existence through all time, as in the utilitarian theory of morals. Policy is often used in a kindred sense, more positive than expediency but narrower than utility, as in the proverb, "Honesty is the best policy." Compare PROFIT.
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utility, public utility, public utility company, public-service corporationnoun
a company that performs a public service; subject to government regulation
the quality of being of practical use
the service (electric power or water or transportation) provided by a public utility
"the cost of utilities never decreases"; "all the utilities were lost after the hurricane"
(economics) a measure that is to be maximized in any situation involving choice
utility program, utility, service programnoun
(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"
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"
used of beef; usable but inferior
capable of substituting in any of several positions on a team
"a utility infielder"
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At the moment, I cannot name a single utility in central and western Europe that has developed a successful new business model.
And because they couldn't do that, they had to let the deadline slip with the utility companies. And they walked, and I would be very doubtful they would come back.
The great project of Justice's Scalia's career was to remind us of the differences between judges and legislators, to remind us that legislators may appeal to their own moral convictions and to claims about social utility to reshape the law as they think it should be in the future. But that judges should do none of these things in a democratic society.
It's $1.6 billion of wages he just knocked outwith a signature, it's thousands and thousandsof jobs that were just decimated overnight. You think about the folks that Democrats claim that they represent-- working poor, people on fixed incomes -- and literally with onemovement of the pen hehas now raised their electricity rates,raised their gas rates. ... They're nowgoing to have their utility costs go skyrocket.
We turned (the existing grid) into a communication platform by adding just small modems of the nodes of the network, we now have data available everywhere. We can send control data from the utility to remote places, we can send information back from the meters, from measurement devices about power quality, about the current status of the grid.
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- užitečnost, užitekCzech
- utilidad, conveniencia, proveedor de serviciosSpanish
- palvelu, hyödyke, hyödyllisyysFinnish
- utilité, utilitaireFrench
- mathScottish Gaelic
- utilità, servizio, fornitore, attrezzo, strumentoItalian
- ユーティリティ, 有用性, 効用, 実用品Japanese
- hulpmiddel, voorziening, handigheid, bruikbaarheid, hulpprogramma, handigsDutch
- użyteczność, program użytkowyPolish
- utilitate, folosRomanian
- поле́зность, утили́та, обслу́живающая програ́мма, [[полезный, утилитаRussian
- vattenverk, leverantör, applikation, kraftverk, användbarhet, lönsamhet, användbar, verk, tjänsteleverantör, verktyg, tillämpning, värmeverkSwedish
- hữu íchVietnamese
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