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Adjective: functional  fúngk-shu-nul
  1. Designed for or capable of a particular function or use
    "a style of writing in which every word is functional"; "functional architecture"; "functional education selects knowledge that is concrete and usable rather than abstract and theoretical"; "functional architecture"
  2. (pathology) involving or affecting function rather than physiology
    "functional deafness"
  3. Relating to or based on function especially as opposed to structure
    "the problem now is not a constitutional one; it is a functional one"; "delegates elected on a functional rather than a geographical basis"
  4. Fit or ready for use or service
    "the toaster was still functional even after being dropped";
    - usable, useable, operable, operational
  5. (of e.g. a machine) performing or capable of performing
    "in functional order"; "a functional set of brakes";
    - running, operative, working

See also: function, functioning, practicable, practical, purpose, role, serviceable, structural, use, useful, utilitarian

Antonym: nonfunctional, organic

Encyclopedia: Functional