util·i·ty n pl -ties
1: fitness for some purpose or worth to some end
b: a service or commodity provided by a public utility
paid for rent and utilities; also: equipment or material used in providing such a service or commodity
an easement limited to purposes of travel which does not include the right to install utilitiesWare v. Public Serv. Co., 412 A.2d 84 (1980)
3 pl: stocks or bonds of utility companies
utilities performed poorly

Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary of Law. . 1996.

I (public service) noun public business, public company, public corporation, public industry II (usefulness) noun adequacy, advantage, advantageousness, applicability, avail, benefit, convenience, efficacy, employability, fruitfulness, function, helpfulness, practicality, productiveness, productivity, profit, profitability, service, serviceability, suitability, usability, use, value foreign phrases:
- Omne magnum exemplum habet allquld ex inlquo, quod publica utllitate compensatur. — Every great example has some unfairness, which is compensated by the public utility
III index advantage, appliance, behalf, benefit (betterment), expedience, feasibility, function, help, instrument (tool), profit, propriety (appropriateness), use, value, worth

Burton's Legal Thesaurus. . 2006

1 Some society-benefiting quality.
2 The ability to form some function.
3 A business that forms an essential public service and that is often government regulated, such as a public-service utility, electric company, and so on.

Webster's New World Law Dictionary. . 2000.

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