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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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(24) The positive (negative) [beta] coefficient indicates an individual's utility (disutility) from the use of the chosen attribute.
Happiness derives from work 'in the form of economic rewards' (41), an apparently instantaneous computation in an apparently frictionless 'dynamics of switching jobs or employees' (31) as regards salary ('a proxy for utility' (48), but also the prospect of 'recognition and career advancement' from which a 'disutility for effort' is subtracted (50).
While evidence of the disutility of transporting animals is vast (LAMBOOIJ, 2014; FAZIO et al., 2016; LI et al., 2017), the present paper presupposes that international trade in living animals can serve as a good proxy for disutility generated by transport.
There is a leveling or equating not merely of the final elements, labor and the disutility of labor, but also of productive goods and of utility with utility.
Utility most exceeded disutility for tea and pills (14.8 months), followed by exercise and an injection every six months (12.7 months), and monthly injections (10 months).
In the initial equilibrium, the marginal product and marginal disutility of labor are, respectively, higher and lower than during the transition.
Available transport modes and services for this trip can be continuous or discontinuous, characterising a user disutility specification (e.g., in Figure 1(b), disutility is relative to the time variable only);
The risk-averse employee's expected utility is considered to be additively separable between the gains and the disutility of effort.
Our work highlights the impact of these variations on the customer disutility and transportation cost.
The health economics analyses measured the costs of insulin, needles, blood glucose tests, hypoglycaemic events and disutility for various hypoglycaemic events, populating an NHS-focused cost-effectiveness model.