functional

adjective func·tion·al \ ˈfəŋ(k)-shnəl , -shə-nᵊl \
Updated on: 12 Nov 2017

Definition of functional

1 a :of, connected with, or being a function
  • the functional differences between the departments
b :affecting physiological or psychological functions but not organic structure
  • functional heart disease
2 :used to contribute to the development or maintenance of a larger whole
  • functional and practical school courses
; also :designed or developed chiefly from the point of view of use
  • The design of the building is not only functional but also beautiful.
3 :performing or able to perform a regular function
  • The flashlight was still functional after I had dropped it.

functionally

play \ˈfəŋ(k)-shnə-lē, -shə-nᵊl-ē\ adverb

Examples of functional in a Sentence

  1. They worked outside, so they preferred wearing functional clothes.

  2. The building's design is not only functional but also beautiful.

  3. The flashlight was still functional after I dropped it.

  4. The computer network is fully functional.

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First Known Use of functional

1631


FUNCTIONAL Defined for English Language Learners

functional

adjective

Definition of functional for English Language Learners

  • : designed to have a practical use

  • medical : affecting the way a part of your body works

  • : working properly


Medical Dictionary

functional

adjective func·tion·al \ ˈfəŋ(k)-shnəl, -shən-ᵊl \

medical Definition of functional

1 a :of, connected with, or being a function — compare structural 1
b :affecting physiological or psychological functions but not organic structure
  • functional heart disease
  • a functional psychosis
— compare organic 1b
2 :performing or able to perform a regular function

functionally

play \\ adverb


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