Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Without function or office.
- adj. lacking a function
GNU Webster's 1913
- adj. Destitute of function, or of an appropriate organ. Darwin.
- function + -less (Wiktionary)
“Your claim that they are 'intrinsically functionless' is implausibly strong, given that functionality is always ... er, a function of contexts, which is to say, out and out extrinsic), and the radical transformation of contexts is the very thing at issue.”
“Keynes made it clear that he looked forward to a gradual annihilation of the "functionless" rentier, rather than to any sort of sudden upheaval (Keynes 1936: pp. 375-76; see also Hazlitt  1973: pp. 379-84).”
“Mute, disposable, functionless, they are the survivors of a specific and irretrievable event.”
“Evolutionary biologists are sometimes challenged with arguments about functionless rudimentary stages or the impossibility of complex adaptive evolution.”
“He (or she) is a passive and functionless figure, remarkable only on his capacity to share, without effort or even without appreciable risk, in the gains from the growth by which the technostructure measures its success," according to Galbraith.”
“BUT ... our “hero” sobered up in the morning and, discovering that the phone was now functionless, he set about prising the thing open.”
“His vibrato sometimes sounded like an intermediate student's -- so tense and inconsistent as to be functionless.”
“It was a fascinating look at “locked-in syndrome,” the situation where a fully cognizant person becomes trapped in a functionless body.”
“I hate to be the bearer of bad news, but it's definitely just a functionless heap of gray matter.”
“BUT... our “hero” sobered up in the morning and, discovering that the phone was now functionless, he set about prising the thing open.”
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