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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The top floor was designed with a focus on functionality, Waller said, explaining the convenience of the laundry room or having kids' rooms near the master. Emma Austin, The Courier-Journal, "This modern Louisville-area farmhouse was designed with family in mind," 12 July 2018 But if blocking that contact access doesn't break basic functionality? David Nield, WIRED, "How to See Everything Your Apps Are Allowed to Do," 5 July 2018 By extracting a woman’s ovarian tissue prior to cancer therapy and stripping it of malignant cells, Pors was able to preserve enough functionality to support the growth and maintenance of human follicles, which carry immature eggs. Katherine J. Wu, Smithsonian, "How Artificial Ovaries Could Expand Fertility Options For Chemo Patients," 5 July 2018 The new functionality allows hosts to personalize an invitation, and send invites to guests. Penelope Walker, USA TODAY, "Text-based invitations deliver a whole new way to plan a party," 2 July 2018 The project was phased out last year, according to the GAO report, after mixed reviews on functionality. Gina Harkins, Washington Post, "Illicit drone flights surge along U.S.-Mexico border as smugglers hunt for soft spots," 24 June 2018 Higher ground clearance increases off-road and all-weather functionality. Emma Jayne Williams, star-telegram, "Toyota introduces new Adventure modelto the lineup of its 2018 RAV4 crossover," 23 June 2018 Furthermore, heart doctors should inquire about male patients’ functionality. Alice Park, Time, "Men With Erectile Dysfunction Are Twice As Likely to Have Heart Disease, Study Says," 11 June 2018 Prehabilitation is the process of ensuring optimal physical functionality before surgery. Trihealth,, "Improved recovery through prehabilitation before hernia repair," 11 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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