I. adjective Usage: often capitalized Date: 1551 1. of, relating to, or having the characteristics of a utopia; especially having impossibly ideal conditions especially of social organization 2. proposing or advocating impractically ideal social and political schemes <
utopian idealists
3. impossibly ideal ; visionary <
recognised the utopian nature of his hopes — C. S. Kilby
4. believing in, advocating, or having the characteristics of utopian socialism <
utopian doctrines
utopian novels
II. noun Date: circa 1873 1. one who believes in the perfectibility of human society 2. one who proposes or advocates utopian schemes

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.


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