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 In species that don’t rely much on smell (humans are an example), these genes often mutate and become nonfunctional. Elizabeth Pennisi, Science | AAAS, 7 July 2021 Diversity washing is a distinct form of woke-washing in which a company hires a single African-American or other BIPOC representative in some nonfunctional role to sell the idea of diversity. Vern Howard, Forbes, 15 June 2021 Mediterranean dealfish: The species swims vertically and lets its nonfunctional tail fin drift behind. Leslie Nemo, Scientific American, 8 June 2021 These displays may experience low voltage spikes, causing the LCD display to lock up or become nonfunctional, due to varying electrical installations. Detroit Free Press, 5 June 2021 Could nonfunctional turf areas be replaced with native or drought-tolerant shrubs? Richard Restuccia, San Diego Union-Tribune, 8 May 2021 Having clear nonfunctional requirements and stating assumptions clearly can help save money and time. Expert Panel®, Forbes, 12 Apr. 2021 The group concluded that privatizing the ferry system wouldn’t work and that further cuts would leave the system nonfunctional. James Brooks, Anchorage Daily News, 25 Mar. 2021 According to the CardinalOps report, on average, 25% of SIEM rules are broken or nonfunctional. Randy Watkins, Forbes, 5 Mar. 2021

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First Known Use of nonfunctional

1878, in the meaning defined above

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13 Jul 2021

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“Nonfunctional.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Jul. 2021.

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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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