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 (yo͞ot′l, yo͞o′tīl′)

[Middle English, from Old French, from Latin ūtilis; see utility.]


(ˈjuːtaɪl; -tɪl)
an obsolete word for useful
[C15: via Old French from Latin ūtilis, from ūtī to use]


(ˈyus fəl)

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.
use′ful•ly, adv.
use′ful•ness, n.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.utile - being of use or serviceutile - 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"
References in classic literature ?
Hinc usura vorax, rapidumque in tempore foenus, Hinc concussa fides, et multis utile bellum.
This same multis utile bellum, is an assured and infallible sign, of a state disposed to seditions and troubles.
Avec ses itineraires detailles, son guidage turn-by-turn et ses informations utiles concernant chaque mode de deplacement, HERE WeGo est l'outil indispensable pour vos trajets en ville.
En El coloquio de los perros el autor presenta a Berganza camino a la escuela de sus amos con el cartapacio de utiles escolares entre las fauces.