from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. The doctrine that the function of an object should determine its design and materials.
- n. A doctrine stressing purpose, practicality, and utility.
- n. Philosophy The doctrine in the philosophy of mind according to which mental states are defined by their causes and effects.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A doctrine, in several fields, that the function of something should be reflected in its design and the materials used in its construction
- n. The definition of mental states in terms of their causes and effects
- n. The idea that social and cultural cohesion are a function of the interdependence and interactions of the institutions of a society
- n. A general school of thought that considers psychological phenomena in terms of their role in adaptation to the person's environment
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. a psychology based on the assumption that all mental process are useful to an organism in adapting to the environment.
- n. any doctrine that stresses utility or purpose.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a psychology based on the assumption that all mental process are useful to an organism in adapting to the environment
- n. any doctrine that stresses utility or purpose
functional + -ism (Wiktionary)