func·tion·al·i·ty | \ˌfəŋ(k)-shə-ˈna-lə-tē \
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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For Flyliner, Fenty's signature geometric packaging also means added functionality with an easy-to-hold triangle shape. Macaela Mackenzie, Allure, "Fenty Beauty Launches Flyliner, Its First Liquid Eyeliner, as Part of Moroccan Spice Collection," 26 June 2018 The Urbio Perch Kit is an inexpensive way to declutter and reorganize any room; add some helpful functionality to the spaces in your home that need it the most! Melanie Yates, Woman's Day, "The Sleek, Functional Way to Get Organized," 15 May 2015 They were also astonishingly cheap given their functionality and power. Lee Hutchinson, Ars Technica, "What I’ve learned from nearly three years of enterprise Wi-Fi at home," 5 July 2018 To my mind, bloatware is any piece of software within an operating system that receives a disproportionate amount of prominence or system resources relative to its functionality. Vlad Savov, The Verge, "Isn’t it time we declared our independence from bloatware?," 4 July 2018 None of its competitors match its pace of innovation and its wide cross-platform functionality. New York Times, "Farhad’s Week in Tech: Spotify’s Tough Road, and Our Pile of Reader Feedback," 2 Mar. 2018 If other rides feel like a Swiss army knife in their functionality, then the F-150 is the entire tool shed. Robert Duffer,, "What's in a $63,000 Ford F-150?," 21 Feb. 2018 Apple needs to focus, more than anything, on functionality, security, and privacy. Lauren Goode, WIRED, "What to Expect from Apple’s Annual Software Conference," 1 June 2018 And the implications of this functionality go way beyond just data storage. Meagan Fredette,, "The Cradle On Westworld Is Capable Of So Much More Than We Expected," 28 May 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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