non·​func·​tion·​al | \ ˌnän-ˈfəŋ(k)-shnəl How to pronounce nonfunctional (audio) , -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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Other Words from nonfunctional

nonfunctionally adverb

Examples of nonfunctional in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Vision scientists have been at work for years building artificial retinas that would allow blind people to see by sending signals directly to their brains, bypassing any nonfunctional parts of the eye or optic nerve. Grace Huckins, Wired, "Scientists Taught Mice to Smell an Odor That Doesn’t Exist," 25 June 2020 Premium mediocrity, by his definition, is a fancy tile backsplash in an apartment’s tiny, nearly nonfunctional kitchen, or french fries doused in truffle oil, which contains no actual truffles. Amanda Mull, The Atlantic, "It’s All So … Premiocre," 3 Apr. 2020 On February 28, the pebble was a bug that threatened to effectively render three million sites nonfunctional in a matter of days. Brian Barrett, Wired, "Last Week's Internet Calamity That Wasn't," 9 Mar. 2020 Research also has revealed that warm air can quickly dry delicate gill filaments, causing them to become nonfunctional. Popular Science, "Releasing a caught fish isn’t as simple as tossing it overboard," 11 Feb. 2020 Rex Delafkaran uses traditional ceramic techniques to make nonfunctional vessels that further blur usual ideas of form by melding with their pine supports. Mark Jenkins, Washington Post, "In the galleries: ‘Sea of Change’ exhibition sets the voyage on a different course," 6 Dec. 2019 Ellie Richard’s brooms have handles that zig and zag into myriad nonfunctional forms. Mark Jenkins, Washington Post, "In the galleries: Animator finds playful inspiration on both sides of the border," 11 Oct. 2019 But in 2015, the corroded pipes sprung leaks, meaning the water could no longer reach the tower — and rendering the cooling machinery nonfunctional. Washington Post, "The chiller system for Farragut North and Dupont Circle Metro stations is fixed!," 5 Sep. 2019 Other party bikes have more idiosyncratic features, like a large nonfunctional barrel at the front, or roofs lined with straw. Priya Krishna, Bon Appétit, "Are You Even Having a Good Time If It’s Not on a Party Bike?," 8 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of nonfunctional

1878, in the meaning defined above

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30 Jun 2020

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“Nonfunctional.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 7 Aug. 2020.

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non·​func·​tion·​al | \ -ˈfəŋ(k)-shnəl, -shən-ᵊl How to pronounce nonfunctional (audio) \

Medical Definition of nonfunctional

: nonfunctioning a nonfunctional muscle

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