AskDefine | Define functionalism

Dictionary Definition



1 a psychology based on the assumption that all mental process are useful to an organism in adapting to the environment
2 any doctrine that stresses utility or purpose

User Contributed Dictionary



  1. A doctrine, in several fields, that the function of something should be reflected in its design and the materials used in its construction
  2. The definition of mental states in terms of their causes and effects
  3. (social science) The idea that social and cultural cohesion are a function of the interdependence and interactions of the institutions of a society
  4. A general school of thought that considers psychological phenomena in terms of their role in adaptation to the person's environment


doctrine that the function of something should be reflected in its design
  • Croatian: funkcionalizam
  • German: Funktionalismus

Extensive Definition

Functionalism may refer to:
In social sciences:
functionalism in Danish: Funktionalisme
functionalism in German: Funktionalismus
functionalism in Modern Greek (1453-): Λειτουργισμός
functionalism in Galician: Funcionalismo
functionalism in Georgian: ფუნქციონალიზმი
functionalism in Dutch: Functionalisme
functionalism in Japanese: 機能主義
functionalism in Norwegian: Funksjonalisme
functionalism in Norwegian Nynorsk: Funksjonalisme
functionalism in Polish: Funkcjonalizm
functionalism in Russian: Функционализм
functionalism in Slovak: Funkcionalizmus
functionalism in Finnish: Funktionalismi (täsmennyssivu)
functionalism in Swedish: Funktionalism
functionalism in Chinese: 功能主义
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