non·​func·​tion·​al ˌnän-ˈfəŋ(k)-shnəl How to pronounce nonfunctional (audio)
: not functional: such as
: having no function : serving or performing no useful purpose
Naive art … tends to be decorative and nonfunctional.Robert Atkins
: not performing or able to perform a regular function
… the entire network is rendered nonfunctional if the central controller fails.Charles Feltman
nonfunctionally adverb

Examples of nonfunctional in a Sentence

that gas pump is nonfunctional, which is the reason for the plastic bag over the nozzle
Recent Examples on the Web Country clubs have been forced to pull out nonfunctional turf and make other big changes. Daniel Rothberg, Smithsonian Magazine, 26 Mar. 2024 In one building, 50 medical workers and more than 140 patients have been kept since the second day of the raid, with extremely limited food, water and one nonfunctional toilet, Dr. Tedros wrote. Ameera Harouda, New York Times, 24 Mar. 2024 The bipartisan sponsors of Senate Bill 5 wrote that most of the turf in Colorado is nonfunctional and exists for aesthetics alone. Elise Schmelzer, The Denver Post, 18 Mar. 2024 HOAs are required to stop using potable water to irrigate nonfunctional turf or to remove such turf from common areas by the end of 2028. Kelly G. Richardson, San Diego Union-Tribune, 27 Feb. 2024 The Puzzle of Eukaryotic Genomes Because of the introns polka-dotting their DNA, if the genes of eukaryotes were translated directly into proteins, the resulting molecules would typically be nonfunctional garbage. Jake Buehler, Quanta Magazine, 30 Mar. 2023 Fourteen out of 36 hospitals in the Gaza Strip are nonfunctional. Joel Gehrke, Washington Examiner, 8 Nov. 2023 But Zach Wilson was basically nonfunctional, completing just 12 of 27 passes for 170 yards, with one touchdown and three interceptions. Ben Volin,, 18 Sep. 2023 Another bill introduced by Friedman, AB 1573, would have prohibited nonfunctional grass at new or renovated non-residential developments, and would have required more native plants for those properties. Ian James, Los Angeles Times, 13 Sep. 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

1878, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of nonfunctional was in 1878

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Cite this Entry

“Nonfunctional.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 May. 2024.

Medical Definition


non·​func·​tion·​al -ˈfəŋ(k)-shnəl, -shən-ᵊl How to pronounce nonfunctional (audio)
: nonfunctioning
a nonfunctional muscle
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