Definition of functional
1a : of, connected with, or being a function the functional differences between the departmentsb : 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.
functionallyplay \ˈfəŋ(k)-shnə-lē, -shə-nəl-ē\ adverb
Examples of functional in a Sentence
They worked outside, so they preferred wearing functional clothes.
The building's design is not only functional but also beautiful.
The flashlight was still functional after I dropped it.
The computer network is fully functional.
Recent Examples of functional from the Web
While motel rooms were plain and functional, the facades took advantage of regional styles (and, occasionally, stereotypes).
Toby ID'ed the real Spencer by asking her about a poem, and the one functional member of the Rosewood PD escorted her away.
The functional parts of the banks were sold to a larger competitor, Intesa Sanpaolo, for a symbolic one euro.
The Glamspin (a collab between Buzzfeed Product Labs and Taste Beauty) is a fully functional, three-pronged fidget spinner, and Each prong bears a different flavor of gloss: peach whirl, strawberry cyclone, and grape twist.
One year after a new ADA-accessible canoe and kayak launch was dedicated on Deep River in Hobart, vandals have stripped it of its full functional use and there are no native plantings as specified in a grant, a city official said Monday.
Before starting full-time at Uber this month, Frei helped create a more functional, inclusive environment at Harvard Business School.
Any functional analysis reveals this process cost disparity.
The Finley Center is a multi-functional venue that will be used for all types of sporting events, trade shows and other events.
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First Known Use of functional
FUNCTIONAL Defined for English Language Learners
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 Definition of functional
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