disutility
noun Date: 1879 the state or fact of being counterproductive

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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  • disutility — [dis΄yo͞o til′ə tē] n. a lack of utility; quality of being harmful, inconvenient, etc …   English World dictionary

  • disutility — noun /ˌdɪsjuːˈtɪlɪti/ uselessness, a lack of utility Up to a certain point doctors, like carpenters and masons, must earn their living by doing the work that the public wants from them; and as it is not in the nature of things possible that such… …   Wiktionary

  • disutility — /dis yooh til i tee/, n. the quality of causing inconvenience, harm, distress, etc. [1875 80; DIS 1 + UTILITY] * * * …   Universalium

  • disutility — n. uselessness; state of being counterproductive …   English contemporary dictionary

  • disutility — [ˌdɪsju: tɪlɪti] noun Economics the adverse qualities associated with an activity or process …   English new terms dictionary

  • disutility — dis·utility …   English syllables

  • disutility — dis•u•til•i•ty [[t]ˌdɪs yuˈtɪl ɪ ti[/t]] n. the quality of causing inconvenience, harm, distress, etc • Etymology: 1875–80 …   From formal English to slang

  • disutility — /ˌdɪsjuˈtɪləti/ (say .disyooh tiluhtee) noun the quality of causing inconvenience or harm; injuriousness …   Australian English dictionary

  • disutility — n. (pl. ies) 1 harmfulness, injuriousness. 2 a factor tending to nullify the utility of something; a drawback …   Useful english dictionary

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