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  • (of e.g. a machine) performing or capable of performing
    • in running (or working) order
    • a functional set of brakes
  • 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
  • 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
  • relating to or based on function especially as opposed to structure; it is a functional one"
    • the problem now is not a constitutional one
    • delegates elected on a functional rather than a geographical basis
  • involving or affecting function rather than physiology
    • functional deafness
  • designed for or capable of a particular function or use
    • a style of writing in which every word is functional
    • functional architecture
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