Main definitions of utile in English

: utile1utile2

utile1

Pronunciation /ˈyo͞odl/ /ˈjudl/ /ˈyo͞oˌtīl/ /ˈjuˌtaɪl/

adjective

rare
  • Advantageous.

    ‘I deplored the killing of them for merely utile purposes’
    • ‘And the wedge that this issue continues to drive between Palmer and his wife is also dramatically utile.’
    • ‘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.’

Origin

Late 15th century via Old French from Latin utilis, from uti ‘to use’.

Main definitions of utile in English

: utile1utile2

utile2

Pronunciation /ˈyo͞odəlē/ /ˈjudəli/

noun

  • A large tropical African hardwood tree with timber that is widely used as a substitute for mahogany.

    Entandrophragma utile, family Meliaceae

    • ‘The utile has a wide natural distribution in tropical Africa.’

Origin

1950s modern Latin, specific epithet (see above).