func·​tion·​al·​i·​ty | \ ˌfəŋ(k)-shə-ˈna-lə-tē How to pronounce functionality (audio) \
plural functionalities

Definition of functionality

: the quality or state of being functional a design that is admired both for its beauty and for its functionality especially : the set of functions or capabilities associated with computer software or hardware or an electronic device data management functionalities such as data integrity, security, recoverability and manageability — Josephine Cheng and Jane Xu

Examples of functionality in a Sentence

a design that is admired both for its beauty and for its functionality The cameras are comparable in price and functionality. a device with new functionalities
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Yes, Kate and Pippa love the brand, but Deacon says that business women are top customers, gravitating towards the bags for their structure and functionality. Marina Liao, Marie Claire, "Designer Giles Deacon on His Aspinal of London Collection, the Royals, and Pippa Middleton," 9 Nov. 2018 This is one of the reasons why functionality is important to me. Asia Milia Ware, Teen Vogue, "How Hanako Maeda Is Using Her Japanese Culture To Influence Her Designs," 9 Apr. 2019 The barrier refers to your skin's functionality, resilience, and protection between it and the environment. Rachel Jacoby Zoldan, Glamour, "The No-Frills Face Cream That Tackles the Toughest Dry Spots," 27 Aug. 2018 So there is definitely a little functionality to it. Nihal Kolur,, "Serena Williams Wears Catsuit to Honor Mothers Who Had Tough Pregnancies," 29 May 2018 Canvas fabrics, jumpsuits, and multi-pocket belt bags promote functionality in dressing. Julia Gall, Marie Claire, "5 Accessory Trends You'll See Everywhere This Year," 24 Jan. 2019 Enhanced over the version that first launched with the Xbox One, this revised controller features a 3.5mm headphone jack for private listening and chatting, as well as Bluetooth functionality for operability with Windows 10 computers. Cameron Faulkner, The Verge, "Xbox One controllers for console and PC are $20 off again," 8 Jan. 2019 These updates fixed an issue that broke email functionality with Exchange servers, then an audio issue with iPhones, then audio and screen issues on iPhones, all within a few weeks. Samuel Axon, Ars Technica, "Apple’s iOS 12.1.2 fixes eSIM and cellular bugs, but there might be more to it," 18 Dec. 2018 No tension system is included, which helps to keep spec weight low but compromises functionality. Andrew Skurka, Outside Online, "Review: Big Agnes Tiger Wall Tents," 28 June 2018

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First Known Use of functionality

1836, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of functionality

: the quality of having a practical use : the quality of being functional
: the particular use or set of uses for which something is designed

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