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functional

[ fuhngk-shuh-nl ]
/ ˈfʌŋk ʃə nl /
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adjective

noun

Mathematics. a function that has a domain whose elements are functions, sets, or the like, and that assumes numerical values.

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Origin of functional

First recorded in 1625–35; function + -al1

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British Dictionary definitions for functional

functional
/ (ˈfʌŋkʃənəl) /

adjective

of, involving, or containing a function or functions
practical rather than decorative; utilitarianfunctional architecture
capable of functioning; working
med affecting a function of an organ without structural change
psychol
  1. relating to the purpose or context of a behaviour
  2. denoting a psychosis such as schizophrenia assumed not to have a direct organic cause, like deterioration or poisoning of the brainCompare organic psychosis

noun

maths a function whose domain is a set of functions and whose range is a set of functions or a set of numbers

Derived forms of functional

functionally, adverb
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Medical definitions for functional

functional
[ fŭngkshə-nəl ]

adj.

Of or relating to a function.
Affecting the physiological function but not the structure.
The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary Copyright © 2002, 2001, 1995 by Houghton Mifflin Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Company.

Scientific definitions for functional

functional
[ fŭngkshə-nəl ]

Affecting bodily functions but not organic structure, as a disorder such as irritable bowel syndrome. Compare organic.
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