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functional (adj.)

1630s, "pertaining to function or office," from function (n.) + -al (1), or from Medieval Latin functionalis. Meaning "utilitarian" is by 1864; specific use in architecture is from 1928. Related: Functionally; functionality.

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Definitions of functional from WordNet

functional (adj.)
(of e.g. a machine) performing or capable of performing;
a functional set of brakes
Synonyms: running / operative / working
functional (adj.)
designed for or capable of a particular function or use;
functional architecture
a style of writing in which every word is functional
functional (adj.)
involving or affecting function rather than physiology;
functional deafness
functional (adj.)
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
functional (adj.)
fit or ready for use or service;
the toaster was still functional even after being dropped
Synonyms: usable / useable / operable / operational
functional (adj.)
designed for or adapted to a function or use;
functional education selects knowledge that is concrete and usable rather than abstract and theoretical
functional architecture
From wordnet.princeton.edu