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[Middle English, from Old French, from Latin ūtilis; see utility.]
an obsolete word for useful
[C15: via Old French from Latin ūtilis, from ūtī to use]
1. being of use or service; serving some purpose; advantageous, helpful, or of good effect: a useful member of society.
2. of practical use; producing material results; supplying common needs.
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|Adj.||1.||utile - being of use or service; "the girl felt motherly and useful"; "a useful job"; "a useful member of society"|
effective, effectual, efficacious - producing or capable of producing an intended result or having a striking effect; "an air-cooled motor was more effective than a witch's broomstick for rapid long-distance transportation"-LewisMumford; "effective teaching methods"; "effective steps toward peace"; "made an effective entrance"; "his complaint proved to be effectual in bringing action"; "an efficacious law"
expedient - serving to promote your interest; "was merciful only when mercy was expedient"
helpful - providing assistance or serving a useful function
profitable - yielding material gain or profit; "profitable speculation on the stock market"
serviceable - ready for service or able to give long service; "serviceable equipment"; "heavy serviceable fabrics"