functional alternative

functional alternative

or

functional equivalent

any institutional arrangements seen as fulfilling the same FUNCTION, or broadly the same function, in answering the essential needs of a society or social system. Thus, secular CIVIL RELIGIONS (see also SOCIOLOGY OF RELIGION) may perform the same basic functions (e.g. in providing social integration) as conventional religions. The conditions for identification of functional equivalents are controversial, however, and may be difficult to specify (see FUNCTIONAL(IST) EXPLANATION). See also FUNCTIONALISM, FUNCTIONAL PREREQUISITES, POSTULATE OF FUNCTIONAL INDISPENSABILITY OR UNIVERSAL FUNCTIONALISM.
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Lipex SheaLiquid TR (INCI EU: Butyrospermum parkii butter (or) Butyrospermum parkii oil) offers a functional alternative to other widely used benchmark plant oils for conditioners, such as argan oil or solid shea butters.
The client is guided to develop functional alternative beliefs instead and coaxed to redirect their cognitions accordingly.
com)-- An innovative and highly functional alternative to a widely used sporting goods product, Brandon Sporting Goods, has been developed by inventor Brandon Lee Drake of Dubois, Indiana.
The new clean label ingredient can widistand high cooking temperatures and offers superior stability, to provide a functional alternative to carragcenan.
Okicich says that OfficeMax officials did not see a lot of innovation in the writing instruments segment and wanted to offer a high-quality and functional alternative to consumers.
Yet another reported plans to reformulate 600 products to reduce sodium while identifying healthy, functional alternative ingredients.
Based on SADL's low cost, rapid distribution and compatibility, it's proving to be a functional alternative to more costly systems.
The response to intervention (RTI) approach provides a functional alternative to the federal definition of emotional disturbance, which Gresham suggests is nebulous, often illogical, and self-contradictory.
Adverse health effects associated with sulphite usage and an increase in consumer preference for fresh, natural foods have also driven the search for a practical and functional alternative to sulphite agents.
Sarsen Software Plc has launched its OfficeTalk 98 enterprise information manager which sets out to provide a lower-cost, easy to implement and functional alternative to Microsoft Exchange Server, Lotus Notes/Domino and Novell Groupwise.
In other words, rather than using a strictly empirical methodology for treating the unquantifiable and unprovable, and rather than generalizing from the particulars he culled from his travels among black folk in the South, Brown found a culturally functional alternative to the established but inadequate academic form of ethnographic reportage.
As we continue to expand our product line into the light- and medium-commercial applications, Neocon allows us to expose our new products to customers that may not recognize that Bush Furniture offers a compelling value and a functional alternative to much higher-priced products out in the market- place.

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