Definitions

from The Century Dictionary.

  • Without function or office.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • adjective Destitute of function, or of an appropriate organ. Darwin.

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  • adjective lacking a function

Etymologies

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function +‎ -less

Examples

  • 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.

    More Aesthetics

  • 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 [1959] 1973: pp. 379-84).

    Mises Dailies

  • Evolutionary biologists are sometimes challenged with arguments about functionless rudimentary stages or the impossibility of complex adaptive evolution.

    Crossroads

  • Evolutionary biologists are sometimes challenged with arguments about functionless rudimentary stages or the impossibility of complex adaptive evolution.

    Crossroads

  • "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.

    The Non-Economist's Economist

  • Mute, disposable, functionless, they are the survivors of a specific and irretrievable event.

    I Don't Believe in Outer Space – review

  • BUT ... our “hero” sobered up in the morning and, discovering that the phone was now functionless, he set about prising the thing open.

    The Volokh Conspiracy » Is It a Crime to Receive an Item That You Know Belongs to a Third Party?

  • His vibrato sometimes sounded like an intermediate student's -- so tense and inconsistent as to be functionless.

    In review: Henschel Quartet

  • It was a fascinating look at “locked-in syndrome,” the situation where a fully cognizant person becomes trapped in a functionless body.

    Diving bell : Bev Vincent

  • I hate to be the bearer of bad news, but it's definitely just a functionless heap of gray matter.

    John Baxter: Scientists Cite Uselessness as Reason Unused 90% of Human Brain Not Used

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