functional


functional
functional func‧tion‧al [ˈfʌŋkʆnəl] adjective [only before a noun]
1. connected with the purpose for which something is made or used, or with the job that someone does:

• Three key functional areas of management are marketing, production and personnel management.

• The project manager is responsible for ensuring that time and money are properly budgeted between functional departments.

2. designed to be useful rather than beautiful or decorative:

• We now have premises which are both smart and functional.

3. working in a way that something is supposed to:

• Intel is sending fully functional samples of the chips for shipment to manufacturers.

— functionally adverb :

• tools that are labour-saving and functionally efficient

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functional UK US /ˈfʌŋkʃənəl/ adjective
working in the expected or necessary way: »

The timeline is for the site to be fully functional in 18 months.

HR, WORKPLACE relating to the different areas of skill in a business: functional areas/departments/expertise »

Taxpayers will save time and resources by dealing with one team rather than several different functional areas.

designed for a practical purpose rather than for the way something looks: »

highly functional but stylistically unremarkable designs

functionally adverb
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The new business plan rendered the department's computers functionally obsolete.

See also CROSS-FUNCTIONAL(Cf. cross-functional)

Financial and business terms. 2012.

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  • funcţional — FUNCŢIONÁL, Ă, funcţionali, e, adj. 1. Care ţine de o funcţie, privitor la o funcţie. ♢ Maladie funcţională = boală care afectează buna funcţionare a unui organ. Analiză funcţională = ramură a matematicii care se ocupă cu studiul diferitelor… …   Dicționar Român

  • functional — I adjective adequate, advantageous, applicable, applied, convenient, effective, effectual, efficacious, efficient, employable, expedient, fit for use, gainful, handy, helpful, in action, in operation, in order, instrumental, invaluable, operable …   Law dictionary

  • functional — In addition to its special meanings in medicine and psychology, the primary meanings of functional are (1) ‘designed or intended to be practical rather than attractive’, a synonym of utilitarian, and (2) ‘having a function, working’. In the 1990s …   Modern English usage

  • functional — [fuŋk′shə nəl] adj. 1. of or relating to a function or functions 2. a) performing or able to perform a function b) useful or intended to be useful 3. Med. affecting a function of some organ without apparent structural or organic changes [a… …   English World dictionary

  • functional — 1630s; as a term in architecture, utilitarian, 1928; see FUNCTION (Cf. function) + AL (Cf. al) (1). Related: Functionally; functionality …   Etymology dictionary

  • functional — [adj] working handy, occupational, operative, practicable, practical, serviceable, useful, utile, utilitarian, utility; concept 560 Ant. broken, idle, malfunctioning, unfunctional …   New thesaurus

  • functional — ► ADJECTIVE 1) of, relating to, or having a function. 2) designed to be practical and useful, rather than attractive. 3) working or operating. 4) (of a disease) affecting the operation rather than the structure of an organ. DERIVATIVES… …   English terms dictionary

  • Functional — Generally, functional refers to something able to fulfill its purpose or function.*Functional form and functionalism (architecture) apply to architectural design. *Functional (mathematics) is a term applied to certain scalar valued functions in… …   Wikipedia

  • functional — func|tion|al [ fʌŋkʃənl ] adjective ** 1. ) designed to be good at doing a particular job: These traditional tools are both functional and attractive. highly functional: the highly functional arrangement of the control panel a ) practical and… …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English


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