Definition of functionalism
2 : a philosophy of design (as in architecture) holding that form should be adapted to use, material, and structure
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 : a doctrine or practice that emphasizes practical utility or functional relations
functionalistplay \ˈfəŋ(k)-shnə-list, -shə-nə-list\ noun
functionalisticplay \ˌfən(k)-shnə-ˈli-stik, -shə-nə-ˈli-\ adjective
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By the ’30s, however, the movement was eclipsed, in Sweden as well as internationally, by functionalism and the politicized mass production of home furnishings (see Ikea).
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