functionalist

[fuhngk-shuh-nl-ist]
noun
1.
a person who advocates, or works according to, the principles of functionalism.
adjective
2.
of or pertaining to functionalism.
3.
built or made according to the principles of Functionalism by a person associated with the movement.
Also, Functionalist.


Origin:
1910–15; functional + -ist

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functionalism (ˈfʌŋkʃənəˌlɪzəm)
 
n
1.  the theory of design that the form of a thing should be determined by its use
2.  any doctrine that stresses utility or purpose
3.  psychol a system of thought based on the premise that all mental processes derive from their usefulness to the organism in adapting to the environment
 
'functionalist
 
n, —adj

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Example sentences
Politics is its own functionalist faith, a powerfully coercive one.
The place is minimalist but comfortable, with an emphasis on durable, functionalist furniture.
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