- of or relating to a function or functions: functional difficulties in the administration.
- 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.
Origin of functional
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Examples from the Web for functionality
As the reach and functionality of the web becomes broader and more sophisticated, it both connects and isolates us.China Doesn't Want You to See the Internet Addiction Film 'Web Junkie'
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Some services charge a fee for premium functionality, and sometimes, this functionality includes exporting the data.Self-Tracking for N00bz
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People are much more reassured by functionality than by dysfunction.With the Ryan-Murray Deal, Washington Stops Hurting the Economy
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As the law stands, a metal piece is required, but nothing is said about the permanence or the functionality of the metal.The Deadly Plastic Gun Loophole the House Extension Leaves in Place
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He discussed efforts to bring the functionality and safety of Western toilets to the Third World.Bill Gates Talks Toilets, Polio Efforts at CGI
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Functionality expresses this condition, though only partially.
A sense of community requires that its members share in the functionality of literacy.
The patterns were those of physical harmony, not of comparison; of aesthetics, not of functionality.
The general notions of functionality, limits and continuity are explained in the article Function.
The nearest to it to be found there is "Functionality," which is defined as — "The state of having or being a function."The Psychology of Management
L. M. Gilbreth
- the quality of being functional
- computing a function or range of functions in a computer, program, package, etc
- 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
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Word Origin and History for functionality
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
- Of or relating to a function.
- Affecting the physiological function but not the structure.
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- Affecting bodily functions but not organic structure, as a disorder such as irritable bowel syndrome. Compare organic.
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