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Dictionary definition for: Functional

1. (a) designed for or capable of a particular function or use; "a style of writing in which every word is functional" "functional architecture"

2. (a) involving or affecting function rather than physiology; "functional deafness"

3. (a) 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. (s) fit or ready for use or service; "the toaster was still functional even after being dropped" "the lawnmower is a bit rusty but still usable" "an operational aircraft" "the dishwasher is now in working order"

5. (s) 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"

6. (s) (of e.g. a machine) performing or capable of performing; "in running (or working) order" "a functional set of brakes"

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