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  • n. Economic satisfaction.
  • n. The ability to please another.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. In political economics, a term suggested by Professor V. Pareto as a substitute for ‘utility,’ as used in political economy.


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  • Neetu Chandak of Seneca Falls, N.Y., spelled the economic term "ophelimity" as if she were asking a question, then exclaimed "Yes!" and raised her arms when told she had spelled the word correctly.

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  • She correctly spelled her first word in the finals, "ophelimity".

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  • But soon thereafter it was proved that even this stronger axiom does not entail the existence of an ophelimity function.

    Dictionary of the History of Ideas

  • The result is that choice no longer yields indifference lines and hence cannot be represented by an ophelimity index.

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  • Unfortunately, even “ophelimity,” the term coined by Vilfredo Pareto to cleanse the terminology of any vernacular overtones, did not prevail.

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  • Today the notion of an ordinal utility dominates consumer theory, the central problem of which is how to derive an ophelimity function from directly observable budget data.

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  • To this transparent definition, Samuelson added only an equally transparent axiom: If a budget reveals that the basket A is preferred to B, no budget can reveal that B is preferred to A. Samuelson claimed that this axiom alone suffices for deriving by integration the indifference varieties and hence for constructing an ophelimity function.

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  • Affluence is happiness' mimicry.

    To highlight the hidden asymmetry

    They've coined a new word

    You might not have heard:

    The useful but awkward ophelimity.

    January 13, 2017

  • n. Ability to please sexually; ability to satisfy. (from The Phrontistery)

    November 16, 2008