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 To try to recover that credibility, Marx has spearheaded a process of reform and debate with the powerful German laity to address some of the structural problems that contributed to the crisis. Kirsten Grieshaber And Nicole Winfield, Star Tribune, 4 June 2021 The country’s economy was fraying well before the pandemic because of deep structural problems and the sometimes impetuous policy decisions of Mr. Modi. New York Times, 31 May 2021 At the same time, FHFA will continue advocating for solutions to structural problems in the housing market that GSEs can’t solve alone. Mark A. Calabria, WSJ, 13 May 2021 Now is the time to address the long-term structural problems facing our country. Natalie Gontcharova, refinery29.com, 30 Apr. 2021 Per Deadline, the decision to pull The Trench came as a result of James Wan’s scheduling conflict with Aquaman 2, while The New Gods reportedly posed structural problems within the DCEU. Charu Sinha, Vulture, 2 Apr. 2021 One salvage expert said freeing the cargo ship, the Ever Given, could take up to a week in the best-case scenario and warned of possible structural problems on the vessel as it remains wedged. Samy Magdy, chicagotribune.com, 26 Mar. 2021 Early On Even a young, healthy tree can have structural problems such as dead, broken, or crossing branches. Monica Cardoza, Better Homes & Gardens, 1 Mar. 2021 The real question is the permanence of this spending pattern, not the spike itself, which was critical in preventing structural economic scarring that can come with large shocks. Paul Swartz, Fortune, 23 May 2021

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First Known Use of structural

1801, in the meaning defined at sense 2a

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“Structural.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/structural. Accessed 15 Jun. 2021.

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structural

adjective

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 structural (audio) \ adverb

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