functionally functionally  /ˈfəŋkʃə nə li/


  • (adv) with respect to function


  1. About 47% of the city's residents over age 16 are functionally illiterate.
  2. Debate rages over whether or not one-fifth or more adult Americans are functionally illiterate.
  3. I really think it has functionally gone the way of the Whigs, and it's just a matter of enough Democrats figuring that out.


  • Annville bridge replacement process begins

    A car drives over Annville's Spruce Street Bridge, which is posted for a 10-ton weight limit. . PennDOT classifies the bridge as both structurally deficient and functionally obsolete.
    on June 18, 2013     Source: Lebanon Daily News


  1. On selecting the material, Affleck says: "I found the underlying moral issues appealing. There was social criticism and complexity to it. But it didn't judge any of the characters. Functionally, I thought it was a story that I could execute because...
    on Oct 3, 2007 By: Ben Affleck Source: Reuters UK

  2. "The need to look at security functionally, rather than geographically, has been well understood," De Hoop Scheffer said.
    on Sep 7, 2007 By: Jaap de Hoop Scheffer Source: International Herald Tribune

  3. "We have a lot of functionally literate people who are no longer engaged readers," Gioia said in an interview with The Associated Press. "This isn't a case of 'Johnny Can't Read,' but 'Johnny Won't Read.'"
    on Jul 9, 2004 By: Dana Gioia Source: FOXNews

Word of the Day
ennui ennui
/ɛ ˈnu i /