|1.||[ adjective ] designed for or capable of a particular function or use|
"a style of writing in which every word is functional" "functional architecture"
|Related terms:||nonfunctional utilitarian structural serviceable function|
|2.||[ adjective ] (pathology) involving or affecting function rather than physiology|
|Related terms:||organic pathology|
|3.||[ adjective ] 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"
|4.||[ adjective ] fit or ready for use or service|
|Synonyms:||operational useable operable in_working_order usable|
"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.||[ adjective ] 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"
|6.||[ adjective ] (of e.g. a machine) performing or capable of performing|
|Synonyms:||working operative running|
"in running (or working) order" "a functional set of brakes"