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n. pl. dis·u·til·i·ties
1. The state or fact of being useless or counterproductive.
2. Something that is inefficient or counterproductive: an analysis of the relative disutilities of the two plans.


n, pl -ties
(Economics) economics
a. the shortcomings of a commodity or activity in satisfying human wants
b. the degree to which a commodity or activity fails to satisfy human wants


(ˌdɪs yuˈtɪl ɪ ti)

the quality of causing inconvenience, harm, distress, etc.
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The vertical axes measure the strength of the individual's tendency to avoid the negative consequences of seeking care (Choice A) and the strength of the individual's tendency to avoid the disutility of illness (Choice B) that may accompany a decision to avoid care seeking.
In other words, the sole justification for continuing the talks, according to Khamenehi, is that they prove the disutility of talking to the United States.
If experts receive a small amount of disutility from mismatching the action and the state--due to guilt from lying, a fear of God or audits, or because their underlying cost structure depends on the state--then all equilibrium strategy profiles in the paper remain equilibria.
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This model provides a possible explanation for what motivates corporate payout smoothing, but we do not directly explore the sources of this disutility imposed on the manager.
Following Blanchard (2004), heterogeneity across individuals stems from the marginal disutility individuals obtain from non leisure activities, i.
Consumers face a disutility from purchasing an imperfectly matching insurance product.
There is nothing in this framework that requires injury costs to be treated as supply costs; under appropriate conditions they could be treated as part of the disutility of consumption.
In the framework studied here, with linear disutility of effort and the productivity of the agent being a distributed lag of past efforts, we provide an example with a simple solution.
The second classical postulate Keynes identified was that the "real wage is equal to the marginal disutility of labor.
s](h;[xi]) are correspondingly two different functions indicating the period disutility from working for the two types.