Definition of functionalism noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//ˈfʌŋkʃənəlɪzəm//
; NAmE NAmE//ˈfʌŋkʃənəlɪzəm//
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the idea or belief that the most important thing about the style or design of a building or object is how it is going to be used, not how it will look
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: functionalism