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

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Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web After years of incentive programs for residents, Las Vegas recently outlawed all nonfunctional grass by 2026, setting a blueprint for other Western communities. The Salt Lake Tribune, 12 Sep. 2022 However, in 2021 the Nevada legislature passed a law that bans irrigating nonfunctional grass with water from the Colorado River. Stephanie Elam, CNN, 5 Sep. 2022 There are many times when architects fail to identify and benchmark nonfunctional requirements such as scalability, security and performance. Mohit Mittal, Forbes, 12 Aug. 2022 All nonfunctional turf must be removed by the end of 2026. Leia Larsen, The Salt Lake Tribune, 26 July 2022 In the July 15 California section, an article about the reopening of Wild Rivers water park in Irvine said that the park is subject to the state rule banning the irrigation of nonfunctional turf. Los Angeles Times, 16 July 2022 Ford said the first nonfunctional child safety lock was spotted during a quality audit inspection on March 2, 2022, at the Michigan Assembly Plant in Wayne. Phoebe Wall Howard, Detroit Free Press, 23 June 2022 The Supreme Court held that the ban on registering handguns and the requirement to keep guns in the home disassembled or nonfunctional with a trigger lock mechanism violates the Second Amendment. Haley Yamada, ABC News, 2 June 2022 California bans watering ‘nonfunctional’ grass in some areas, strengthening its drought rules. Los Angeles Times, 25 May 2022 See More

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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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“Nonfunctional.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 Sep. 2022.

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Medical Definition



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

Last Updated: 23 Sep 2022

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