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functionalism

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noun func·tion·al·ism \ˈfəŋ(k)-shnə-ˌli-zəm, -shə-nə-ˌli-\

Definition of functionalism

  1. 1 :  a late 19th century to early 20th century American school of psychology concerned especially with how the mind functions to adapt the individual to the environment — compare structuralism 1

  2. 2 :  a philosophy of design (as in architecture) holding that form should be adapted to use, material, and structure

  3. 3 :  a theory that stresses the interdependence of the patterns and institutions of a society and their interaction in maintaining cultural and social unity

  4. 4 :  a doctrine or practice that emphasizes practical utility or functional relations

func·tion·al·ist play \-shnə-list, -shə-nə-list\ noun
functionalist or func·tion·al·is·tic play \ˌfən(k)-shnə-ˈlis-tik, -shə-nə-ˈlis-\ adjective


1914

First Known Use of functionalism

1914

Rhymes with functionalism

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