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Utility

A power company that owns or operates facilities used for the generation, transmission, or distribution of electric energy, which is regulated at state and federal levels.

Utility

1. In economics, the level satisfaction the person derives from a good or service. Utility is inherently subjective and thus difficult to measure, but it is important in determining how much supply of a product the market can handle without diminishing demand. Historically, it has been thought that one can quantify the utility of each unit, but some economists disagree with this. See also: Austrian school, Law of Diminishing Marginal Utility.

2. A company that provides electricity, water, or gas to customers. These companies are subject to a number of regulations at the local and national levels. They borrow more than most other companies; thus, a decline in utility stocks is often seen as an indicator of a coming rise in interest rates. See also: Dow Jones Utility Average - DJUA.

utility

A business that provides an essential service, generally under government regulation. Electric companies, gas transmission firms, and local telephone companies are utilities.

utility

  1. the satisfaction or pleasure that an individual derives from the CONSUMPTION of a GOOD or SERVICE. See UTIL, CARDINAL UTILITY, ORDINAL UTILITY, MARGINAL UTILITY, TOTAL UTILITY, UTILITY FUNCTION, DIMINISHING MARGINAL UTILITY.
  2. see PUBLIC UTILITY.
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Hypothesis 3a: System quality will have a positive effect on the perceived usefulness of a food delivery app.
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The questionnaire for this study was composed of four items pertaining to ease of use, four items pertaining to usefulness, four items pertaining to hedonic values, and five items pertaining to intention to use.
Hypothesis 2c: The association between collaboration and information exchange will be mediated by perceived usefulness.
The objective of our study was to evaluate perception of students and lecturers on the usefulness of IL.
Do perceived usefulness, perceived ease of use, anxiety, and self-efficacy variables predict the blog's usage intention in a significant way?
Ndubisi and Richardson (2002) summarized the list into four major traits: innovativeness, risk-taking propensity, perseverance or persistence, and flexibility and found associations between them and usage via perceived usefulness or ease of use.
Usefulness rating: Two out of five, some people do have a good excuse for not managing a manual one.
It consisted of evaluation of instructional activities by the teacher and students, self-evaluation of learning activities, students' interests in the content of the lectures, usefulness of the activities for learning, learning self-efficacy for a subsequent course (post course), and free descriptions about the course.
She also explored the questionable usefulness of bottled human phermones, and offers enlightening ponderings on the latest scientific findings about mating behaviors in the animal kingdom.
His conclusion on the political usefulness of torture is fascinating but could rely more heavily on Elaine Scarry's Body in Pain (which is included in the book's suggested reading list).