from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Of, relating to, having, or characterized by structure: structural simplicity.
  • adj. Affecting structure: structural damage.
  • adj. Used in or necessary to building: structural beams.
  • adj. Concerned with or resulting from political or especially economic structure.
  • adj. Geology Of or relating to the structure of rocks and other aspects of the earth's crust.
  • adj. Biology Of or relating to organic structure; morphological.
  • adj. Relating to or concerned with systematic structure in a particular field of study, such as linguistics or the behavioral sciences.
  • n. A part of a structure that bears a weight, or the structural piece used for such a part.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Of, relating to, or having structure
  • adj. this sense?) Used in building.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Of or pertaining to structure; affecting structure.
  • adj. Of or pertaining to organit structure

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Of or pertaining to structure; constructional.
  • Concerned with structure or construction; constructive.
  • In biology: Of or pertaining to structure; morphological: as, structural characters; structural peculiarities.
  • Possessing or characterized by structure; structured; organized.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. concerned with systematic structure in a particular field of study
  • adj. relating to or caused by structure, especially political or economic structure
  • adj. affecting or involved in structure or construction
  • adj. pertaining to geological structure
  • adj. relating to or concerned with the morphology of plants and animals
  • adj. relating to or having or characterized by structure


19th century; structure +‎ -al (Wiktionary)


  • We certainly haven't had any indication of that and again this is a relatively modest level of financing at the subsidiary so the term structural subordination has not really been mentioned to us and we feel relatively comfortable at this level. Home Page

  • But Mr. Gaspar said he believes that the austerity plan will lead to economic growth, by breeding what he calls a "structural transformation" of the economy—changes to labor market and judicial system rules, as well as an ambitious privatization effort.

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  • With Zawahri now on top, Leah Farrall, a former Australian senior counter terrorism intelligence analyst and author of the All Things Counter Terrorism blog, said it is unlikely there will be any short term structural changes for al-Qaida.

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  • Dr. Ellyson was extremely concerned with what he called the structural integrity of the site.


  • If the surplus disappears, if you have what they call a structural deficit so that the federal government is always borrowing money in the longer term, long-term interest rates go up.

    CNN Transcript Oct 6, 2001

  • But sociologists like to talk about what they call the "structural" constraints on behavior.

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  • People would have a truer gauge of the economy's performance if the government provided what he calls "structural" GDP, which does not include debt-financed consumption.

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  • French President Nicolas Sarkozy, speaking yesterday at a joint briefing with German Chancellor Angela Merkel, set a deadline to deliver a response that addresses Greece's immediate difficulties and what he called the structural defects in the 17-nation euro area. -- Top News

  • Staff have been warning that the city needs permanent funding sources or spending reductions to fix what they call the "structural deficit." - Home Page

  • Depends on what you define as structural deficit, which is definitely one way out Osborne will explore.

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