Main definitions of utile in English

: utile1utile2

utile1

adjective

rare
  • Advantageous.

    ‘I deplored the killing of them for merely utile purposes’
    • ‘And the wedge that this issue continues to drive between Palmer and his wife is also dramatically utile.’
    • ‘Women, in truth, are not only intelligent; they have almost a monopoly of certain of the subtler and more utile forms of intelligence.’
    • ‘A third reason for the Calvinist neglect of art is the doctrine of vocation: ‘Parents should urge their children to choose vocations that would be useful to their neighbors… ‘Arts were not so utile.’’

Origin

Late 15th century: via Old French from Latin utilis, from uti to use.

Pronunciation:

utile

/ˈjuːtʌɪl/

Main definitions of utile in English

: utile1utile2

utile2

noun

  • A large tropical African hardwood tree with timber that is widely used as a substitute for mahogany.

    • ‘The utile has a wide natural distribution in tropical Africa.’

Origin

1950s: modern Latin, specific epithet (see above).

Pronunciation:

utile

/ˈjuːtɪli/