structural

adjective
struc·​tur·​al | \ ˈstrək-chə-rəl How to pronounce structural (audio) , ˈstrək-shrəl\

Definition of structural

1 : of or relating to the physical makeup of a plant or animal body structural defects of the heart
2a : of, relating to, or affecting structure structural stability
b : used in building structures structural clay
c : involved in or caused by structure especially of the economy structural unemployment
3 : of, relating to, or resulting from the effects of folding or faulting of the earth's crust : tectonic
4 : concerned with or relating to structure rather than history or comparison structural linguistics

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Other Words from structural

structurally adverb

Examples of structural in a Sentence

The house suffered no structural damage.
Recent Examples on the Web Companies hold the power to create lasting structural change. CNN, "The gender pay gap will remain until companies change their ways," 17 Sep. 2019 Smith said an architect is scheduled to evaluate structural options this week. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Second-division USL team in San Diego prepares to start in 2020," 16 Sep. 2019 The Democratic race has turned into a contest between incrementalism and structural change, between the inside game and the change-the-game insurgents, between presumed electability and a loftier aspirational vision. NBC News, "Meet the Press - September 15, 2019," 15 Sep. 2019 The city has committed $5,000 to cover the costs of structural tests and conceptual plans. USA TODAY, "Disney surprise, foreign feral hogs, porous pavement: News from around our 50 states," 13 Sep. 2019 Yet growth has been undermined by structural impediments including corruption, weak investment levels, and shortage of high-end skills. Abdi Latif Dahir, Quartz Africa, "These charts show migrants aren’t South Africa’s biggest problem," 13 Sep. 2019 These tanks have begun to create structural concerns, holding 1 million of the facility's 1.1 million-ton total capacity. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "Would Japan Dump Radioactive Water Into the Pacific Ocean?," 12 Sep. 2019 Most ambitious would be a fresh push to remove what structural barriers remain to cross-border European trade. The Economist, "A singular opportunity," 12 Sep. 2019 In these and other respects, Russia continues to be the least powerful of the great powers — trapped in a position of inescapable structural inferiority against not just the West but also China. Vance Serchuk, National Review, "Russia’s Middle East Power Play," 12 Sep. 2019

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First Known Use of structural

1801, in the meaning defined at sense 2a

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The first known use of structural was in 1801

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structural

adjective
How to pronounce structural (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of structural

: relating to the way something is built or organized : relating to the structure of something

structural

adjective
struc·​tur·​al | \ ˈstrək-chə-rəl How to pronounce structural (audio) \

Kids Definition of structural

: relating to or affecting the way in which something is built structural defects

structural

adjective
struc·​tur·​al | \ ˈstrək-chə-rəl, ˈstrək-shrəl How to pronounce structural (audio) \

Medical Definition of structural

1 : of or relating to the physical makeup of a plant or animal body structural defects of the heart — compare functional sense 1a
2 : of, relating to, or affecting structure structural stability

Other Words from structural

structurally \ -​ē How to pronounce structurally (audio) \ adverb

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