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Advantageous.‘I deplored the killing of them for merely utile purposes’
- ‘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.’’
- ‘Women, in truth, are not only intelligent; they have almost a monopoly of certain of the subtler and more utile forms of intelligence.’
- ‘And the wedge that this issue continues to drive between Palmer and his wife is also dramatically utile.’
Late 15th century: via Old French from Latin utilis, from uti ‘to use’.
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.’
1950s: modern Latin, specific epithet (see above).
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