- the theory or practice in art, architecture, and design that the structure or design of anything should be manifestly related to its function
- the social theory which holds that a society's beliefs, behavior, social structure, etc. are interrelated and function as a means to achieve its common goals and protect its social values
The definition of functionalism is the theory in architecture and other arts that the structure or design for something should be based on how the item will be used.
An example of functionalism is making buildings primarily for shelter.
- The doctrine that the function of an object should determine its design and materials.
- A doctrine stressing purpose, practicality, and utility.
- Philosophy The doctrine in the philosophy of mind according to which mental states are defined by their causes and effects.
- (architecture) A doctrine, in several fields, that the function of something should be reflected in its design and the materials used in its construction
- (philosophy) The definition of mental states in terms of their causes and effects
- (social sciences) The idea that social and cultural cohesion are a function of the interdependence and interactions of the institutions of a society
- (psychology) A general school of thought that considers psychological phenomena in terms of their role in adaptation to the person's environment
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