[ fuhngk-shuh-nl ]
/ ˈfʌŋk ʃə nl /
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capable of operating or functioning: When will the ventilating system be functional again?
having or serving a utilitarian purpose; capable of serving the purpose for which it was designed: functional architecture; a chair that is functional as well as decorative.
Also func·tion·al·is·tic. (of a building or furnishing) constructed or made according to the principles of functionalism or primarily as a direct fulfillment of a material need.
Medicine/Medical. without a known organic cause or structural change: a functional disorder.Compare organic (def. 5).
pertaining to an algebraic operation: a functional symbol.
Linguistics. (of linguistic analysis, language teaching, etc.) concerned with the communicative role of language rather than, in addition to, or as the framework for its formal structure.
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OTHER WORDS FROM functional
func·tion·al·i·ty, nounfunc·tion·al·ly, adverbhy·per·func·tion·al, adjectivehy·per·func·tion·al·ly, adverb
mul·ti·func·tion·al, adjectivenon·func·tion·al, adjectivenon·func·tion·al·ly, adverbpre·func·tion·al, adjectivesem·i·func·tion·al, adjectivesem·i·func·tion·al·ly, adverbsub·func·tion·al, adjectivesub·func·tion·al·ly, adverbsu·per·func·tion·al, adjectiveun·func·tion·al, adjectiveun·func·tion·al·ly, adverb
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British Dictionary definitions for functional
/ (ˈfʌŋkʃənəl) /
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
- relating to the purpose or context of a behaviour
- denoting a psychosis such as schizophrenia assumed not to have a direct organic cause, like deterioration or poisoning of the brainCompare organic psychosis
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 functionalfunctionally, adverb
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Medical definitions for functional
[ fŭngk′shə-nəl ]
Of or relating to a function.
Affecting the physiological function but not the structure.
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Scientific definitions for functional
[ fŭngk′shə-nəl ]
Affecting bodily functions but not organic structure, as a disorder such as irritable bowel syndrome. Compare organic.
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