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Mawson, C.O.S., ed. (1870–1938). Roget’s International Thesaurus. 1922.
 
Class V. Words Releasing to the Voluntary Powers
Division (I) Individual Volition
Section II. Prospective Volition
2. Degree of Subservience
 
644. Utility.
 
  
NOUN:UTILITY; usefulness &c. adj.; efficacy, efficiency, adequacy; service, use, stead, avail, boot [archaic]; help (aid) [See Aid]; applicability &c. adj.; subservience (instrumentality) [See Instrumentality]; function (business) [See Business]; value; worth (goodness) [See Goodness]; money’s worth; productiveness [See Productiveness]; cui bono (intention) [See Intention]; utilization (use) [See Use]; step in the right direction.
  COMMONWEAL or common weal; commonwealth [now rare]; public -good, - service, - interest; utilitarianism (philanthropy) [See Philanthropy]; public servant.
  
VERB:BE USEFUL &c. adj.; avail, serve; subserve [rare] (be instrumental to) [See Instrumentality]; conduce (tend) [See Tendency]; answer -, serve- -one’s turn, - a purpose.
  ACT A PART (action) [See Action]; perform -, discharge -a function [See Business]; do -, render- -a service, - good service, - yeoman’s service; bestead, stand one in good stead; be the making of; help [See Aid].
  BENEFIT (do good) [See Goodness]; bear fruit (produce) [See Production]; bring grist to the mill; profit, remunerate.
  find one’s -account, - advantage- in; reap the benefit of (be better for) [See Improvement].
  RENDER USEFUL (use) [See Use].
  
ADJECTIVE:USEFUL; of use &c. n.; serviceable, proficuous [obs.], good for; sub-servient (instrumental) [See Instrumentality]; conducive (tending) [See Tendency]; subsidiary (helping) [See Aid].
  ADVANTAGEOUS (beneficial) [See Goodness]; profitable, gainful, remunerative, worth one’s salt; valuable; invaluable, beyond price, of general utility; prolific (productive) [See Productiveness].
  ADEQUATE; efficient, efficacious; effective, effectual; expedient [See Expedience].
  APPLICABLE, usable, available, ready, handy, at hand, tangible; commodious, adaptable; of all work.
  
ADVERB:USEFULLY &c. adj.
  FOR USE, for service; in the public service; for the good of the -people, - public, - service; pro bono publico [L.].
  
QUOTATION:Life, like every other blessing, derives its value from its use alone.—Johnson

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