One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1‘an ugly functional concrete building’
practical, useful, utilitarian, utility, workaday, serviceable
minimalist, plain, simple, basic
severe, spartan, ascetic, bare, modest, unadorned, undecorated, unornamented, unembellished, unostentatious, uncluttered, unfussy, without frills
impersonal, characterless, soulless, colourless, institutional, antiseptic, clinical
informal no frills
2‘the air vent needs clearing to keep it fully functional’
working, in working order, functioning, effective, usable, in service, in use
going, running, operative, operating, in operation, in commission, in action
informal up and running
out of order, malfunctioning
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