non·​func·​tion·​al | \ˌnän-ˈfəŋ(k)-shnəl, -shə-nᵊl\

Definition of nonfunctional 

: not functional: such as

a : having no function : serving or performing no useful purpose Naive art … tends to be decorative and nonfunctional.— Robert Atkins

b : not performing or able to perform a regular function … the entire network is rendered nonfunctional if the central controller fails.— Charles Feltman

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nonfunctionally adverb

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In modern strains, it has been reduced to an imperfect, nonfunctional copy called a pseudogene, thanks to a stop codon in the middle of its sequence. Kiona N. Smith, Ars Technica, "Ancient DNA reveals the secrets of a devastating European disease," 26 Sep. 2018 His stark black and white, two-dimensional forms are deliberately nonfunctional. Alexandra Bregman, WSJ, "When Chagall and Malevich Battled in Russia," 9 Aug. 2018 Similarly, male flowers have small, nonfunctional ovaries. The Editors Of Organic Life, Good Housekeeping, "How To Grow Your Own Kiwis In Your Backyard," 6 Feb. 2018 Each tiny space is equipped with a power outlet, a shallow shelf, a stool and a quaint, nonfunctional — but highly Instagrammable — retro telephone. Dodai Stewart, New York Times, "Dial P for Privacy: The Phone Booth Is Back," 10 Mar. 2018 The Titan’s nonfunctional fender vents and grossly overhung snout are offered at no additional charge. Mike Sutton, Car and Driver, "2016 Nissan Titan XD Diesel," 15 Feb. 2018 As cable television networks droned on and on about the stale air in Washington, D.C., and endless squabbles within our nonfunctional federal government, the successful SpaceX rocket launch on Feb. 6 was a huge gulp of pure oxygen. Anchorage Daily News, "SpaceX reveals what’s lacking in Washington, D.C.," 12 Feb. 2018 The suspect was also cited for driving under suspension, having a nonfunctional headlight, possession of drug instruments, and having an open container of alcohol in a vehicle. Joseph Clark,, "Copper plumbing, snow blower stolen from home: Olmsted Falls police blotter," 27 Jan. 2018 About 15% of cellular sites remain nonfunctional because of the hurricane. John D. Sutter, CNN, "Problem for Puerto Rico in review of hurricane deaths: 'The bodies have been buried'," 20 Dec. 2017

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First Known Use of nonfunctional

1878, in the meaning defined above

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non·​func·​tion·​al | \-ˈfəŋ(k)-shnəl, -shən-ᵊl \

Medical Definition of nonfunctional 

: nonfunctioning a nonfunctional muscle

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