Func"tion*al(fk"shn*l), a. 1. Pertaining to, or connected with, a function or duty; official.
(Pathology, Physiol.) Pertaining to the function of an organ or part, or to the functions in general; involving or affecting function rather than physiology; as,
functional deafness; a
functional disease. See
functional disease, below. [wns=2]
3. Designed for or capable of a particular function or use; as, a style of writing in which every word is
functional architecture. [wns=1]
4. Fit or ready for use or service; useable; in working order; as, the toaster was still
functional even after being dropped; the lawnmower is a bit rusty but still
functional. Antonym of
out of order and
nonfunctional. [wns=4 & 6]
Syn. -- usable, useable, in working order(predicate), operable, operational, running(prenominal), operative.
5. Designed to emphasize practical utility rather than artistic or aesthetic purposes; as,
functional education selects knowledge that is concrete and usable rather than abstract and theoretical;
functional architecture; an amateurish device, crude but
(Med.), a disease of which the symptoms cannot be referred to any appreciable lesion or change of structure; the derangement of an organ arising from a cause, often unknown, external to itself opposed to
organic disease, in which the organ itself is affected.
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