Nouns (11)

n. the service (electric power or water or transportation) provided by a public utility; "the cost of utilities never decreases"; "all the utilities were lost after the hurricane"
n. a facility composed of one or more pieces of equipment connected to or part of a structure and designed to provide a service such as heat or electricity or water or sewage disposal; "the price of the house included all utilities"
n. (economics) a measure that is to be maximized in any situation involving choice
public-service corporation, public utility company, public utility, utility
n. a company that performs a public service; subject to government regulation
n. [includes concepts related to programs intended to make the use of a computer or of an application program easier]
service program, utility program, utility
n. (computer science) a program designed for general support of the processes of a computer; "a computer system provides utility programs to perform the tasks needed by most users"

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Adjectives (4)

substitute, utility
adj. capable of substituting in any of several positions on a team; "a utility infielder"
utility, utility-grade
adj. used of beef; usable but inferior

Fuzzynyms (8)

n. something that covers or cloaks like a garment; "fields in a vesture of green"
n. the quality of being useful and convenient; "they offered the convenience of an installment plan"
n. the quality (positive or negative) that renders something desirable or valuable; "the Shakespearean Shylock is of dubious value in the modern world"
welfare, benefit
n. something that aids or promotes well-being; "for the benefit of all"
reward, advantage
n. benefit resulting from some event or action; "it turned out to my advantage"; "reaping the rewards of generosity"
n. the quality of being significant; "do not underestimate the significance of nuclear power"

Synonyms (47)

substitute, alternative, alternate
adj. serving or used in place of another; "an alternative plan"
supplementary, supplemental, subsidiary, auxiliary
adj. functioning in a supporting capacity; "the main library and its auxiliary branches"
adj. accompany, concomitant; "collateral target damage from a bombing run"
adj. derived from what is primary or original; not firsthand; "a secondhand report"; "a secondhand account of a memory of something once read"; "most of our knowledge is secondhand"
adj. being a replacement or substitute for a regular member of a team; "a second-string pitcher"
adj. paying tribute; "a tributary colony"
adj. suffered or done by one person as a substitute for another; "vicarious atonement"
adj. below average in quality or performance; "a bad chess player"; "a bad recital"
adj. debased; not genuine; "an attempt to eliminate the base coinage"
tinny, sleazy, punk, crummy, chintzy, cheesy, cheap, bum
adj. of very poor quality; flimsy
flimsy, cardboard
adj. resembling cardboard especially in flimsiness; "apartments with cardboard walls"
cheapjack, tawdry, shoddy
adj. cheap and shoddy; "cheapjack moviemaking...that feeds on the low taste of the mob"- Judith Crist
common, coarse
adj. of low or inferior quality or value; "of what coarse metal ye are molded"- Shakespeare; "produced...the common cloths used by the poorer population"
adj. made coarse or crude by lack of skill
commercial-grade, commercial
adj. of the kind or quality used in commerce; average or inferior; "commercial grade of beef"; "commercial oxalic acid"
wretched, woeful, miserable, execrable, deplorable
adj. of very poor quality or condition; "deplorable housing conditions in the inner city"; "woeful treatment of the accused"; "woeful errors of judgment"
adj. (nonstandard in some uses but often idiomatic with measure phrases) fewer; "less than three weeks"; "no less than 50 people attended"; "in 25 words or less"
adj. of inferior quality
adj. poor to middling in quality; "there have been good and mediocre and bad artists"
ropy, ropey
adj. (British informal) very poor in quality; "ropey food"; "a ropey performance"
stunted, scrubby, scrawny
adj. inferior in size or quality; "scrawny cattle"; "scrubby cut-over pine"; "old stunted thorn trees"
adj. of inferior status or quality; "a second-class citizen"; "second-class accommodations"
adj. of lesser quality than second-rate

Antonyms (3)

unusefulness, inutility, uselessness
n. the quality of having no practical use


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