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functionalism (n.)

1892, "functionality;" 1902 as a term in social sciences; from functional + -ism. In architecture from 1930. Related: functionalist.

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Definitions of functionalism

functionalism (n.)
a psychology based on the assumption that all mental process are useful to an organism in adapting to the environment;
functionalism (n.)
any doctrine that stresses utility or purpose;
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