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
Recent Examples on the Web That efficient video chat system will be the basis for the new combined app, with Google building Meet's meeting link functionality into Duo and rebranding it. Ron Amadeo, Ars Technica, 4 Aug. 2022 Along with multi-purpose functionality, this hose was built to last with UV-resistant rubber. James Fitzgerald, Popular Mechanics, 2 Aug. 2022 McGuire uses Tobii’s I-13, which combines eye-tracking with audible speech functionality running Microsoft’s Windows 10 Pro. Steven Aquino, Forbes, 2 Aug. 2022 If something were to fail with the data functionality, the system goes into voice fallback and the (drivers) are still able to communicate with dispatch. Billy Kobin, The Courier-Journal, 28 July 2022 Ultimately though, my hesitation wasn’t about the Steam Deck’s functionality. Wired, 28 July 2022 The functionality advertised by the apps includes photo editing, virtual keyboards, system optimization, wallpaper changers, user interface skins, and a notes/lists app. Matthew Humphries, PCMAG, 27 July 2022 The immersive view functionality comes right in time for the busy summer season. Chris Smith, BGR, 27 July 2022 Despite its small size, the buttons and screen are still large enough to avoid sacrificing any functionality, unlike some other compact models. Stephen Slaybaugh, Popular Mechanics, 26 July 2022 See More

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First Known Use of functionality

1836, in the meaning defined above

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“Functionality.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 16 Aug. 2022.

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