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1. The doctrine that the function of an object should determine its design and materials.
2. A doctrine stressing purpose, practicality, and utility.
3. Philosophy The doctrine in the philosophy of mind according to which mental states are defined by their causes and effects.

func′tion·al·ist′ adj. & n.
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Noun1.functionalist - an adherent of functionalism
admirer, booster, protagonist, supporter, champion, friend - a person who backs a politician or a team etc.; "all their supporters came out for the game"; "they are friends of the library"
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[ˈfʌŋkʃnəlɪst] (frm)
A. ADJfuncionalista
B. Nfuncionalista mf
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[ˈfʌŋkʃənəlɪst] adj [approach, model] → fonctionnaliste
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