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Utilité, -ie, n. Also: -ee, -ey, utilyte, utillitte, -itie, -atie, wtilit(i)e, wtilletie, utelit(i)e, -ete. [ME and e.m.E. vtilite (Chaucer), vtylyte (1514), vtilitie (1528), OF utilitet, -tei, utelite, L. ūtilitāt-.]

1. Advantage, benefit, good (of, for or to a person, community or thing). Chiefly in, to or for (another's) utilite, freq. in collocation with prof(f)it. See Prof(f)it n. 1-4 for further examples. (1) A certane sowm of silver pait to ws beforhand and in the profite, oys and utilite of oure abbay convertit; 1437 Cop. St. A. 149.
How mony is now in land that settis thair hert … for the utilitee of the commoun proffit! Hay I 166/8.
Quhatsumeuir vtheris actis statutis [etc.] … thai think mast convenient for the vtilite and proffet of the gud towne; 1475 Edinb. B. Rec. I 32.
Utilitie; 1485 Antiq. Aberd. & B. III 138.
Vtilitey; 1497–8 Newbattle Coll. (Somerville) (Reg. H.).
That our liegis may … be furnist [with weapons] to thair ois and utilite; 1513 Acta Conc. MS XXVI 12.
For twa merk of annuell bocht fra hir to the vtelite of the altar & craft; 1519 Edinb. Hammermen 99b.
To dispone tharone to thare maist utilite as salbe thocht expedient; 1524 Reg. Privy S. I 499/1.
Wtilite; Abell 86b.
Malis of men thai meis and pacefy To saul and bodeis bayth vtilitie; Stewart in Bann. MS 216b/23.
The quhilk art thai grauit vitht lettris (for the vtilite of there posterite) in tua tablis of stane; Compl. 46/24.
Vtillitte; 1558 Inverness Rec. I 26.
Schir I did it for ȝour vtilitie, And ȝe it takis agane ouir crabitlie; Rolland Seven S. 4263.
Vtillitie; 1584 Waus Corr. 309.
Wtilitie; 1585 Misc. Spald. C. II 344.
Vtelete; 1588 Prot. Bk. J. Inglis 11 April.
Wtilletie; 1591 Dundee B. Laws 513.
Ane servant … suld … give his wits & thogtis hollilie to the wtilitie & advantage of his maister; Fowler II 149/18.
The hundreth merkis … left in legacie be … George Clerk … for the vse and vtillatie of the said cittie; 1657 Rec. Old Aberd. I 94.
Utelitie; 1674 Rothesay B. Rec. 327.
(2) Thair vtilyte and profyttis on athir syde pensyt and prowydyt; 1493 Lennox Mun. 148.
The first commoditie, The riche rewaird, and grit vtilitie … of thame that ar ingrauit In to Christ Jesus; Lauder Minor P. i 377.
Giff … ȝour avin vtilitie A mangis ye leiff thir maiteris vald be mendit; Sempill Warning xvii.
possess. The mynd of man … submittis not the self willinglie to ony commandar … bot to sick quhome it is persuadit, to command iustlie for vtiliteis cause; Winȝet I 24/4.

b. The general good, the benefit of all. With utheris commissaris of burrowis … quhilkis salbe convenit for the tyme for the utilitie and commoun welth; 1567 Reg. Privy C. I 568.

2. Inherent usefulness, advantageous effect (of an action or thing). A grete thing wele cummyn to purpos, suppos it was agayne the commandement of the prince, ȝit for the grete utilitee of the dede … it may be excusit; Hay I 88/5.
Thir lusty warkis of hie nobilite Agilyte dyd wryte of worthy clerkis, And tharin merkis wisdome, vtilite, Na vilite; Doug. ix Prol. 3 (Sm.).

3. A particular advantage or benefit; something that will be of use or profit to others. Fasting … has mony frutis and vtiliteis; Irland Asl. MS 39/14.
The faith dois four gret proffitis and vtiliteis; Irland Mir. II 81/27.
I fynd xii gret proffitis vtiliteis commoditeis of pes; Irland Mir. III 125/7.
Ane convention … in the quhilk war sindry utilites devisit for the weill of the two realmis; Bell. Boece I 34.
Quhen the king, the nobilitie and the commoune people thay [sc. the clergy] with gret vtilities had amplified, in correcteng … offences … confirmeng the gude … feiding the poore [etc.]; Dalr. I 107/16.

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