any function of an institution or other social phenomenon that is planned and intentional.
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Lexical Investigations: SynergyThough synergy appears in English texts in a general sense as far back as the seventeenth century, it was not widely adopted as a medical term until the mid-nineteenth century. In medical texts from this time, it often appears in italics as a foreign word. In a revealing passage from 1827, the physician W.P. Allison wrote, “I would object to the term synergy, which some …
- manifest content,
- manifest destiny,
- manifest hyperopia,
- manifesting heterozygote
Compare latent function.
Origin of manifest function
First recorded in 1945–50
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