adjective Date: circa 1827 1. of or relating to the physical makeup of a plant or animal body <
structural defects of the heart
2. a. of, relating to, or affecting structure <
structural stability
b. used in building structures <
structural clay
c. involved in or caused by structure especially of the economy <
structural unemployment
3. of, relating to, or resulting from the effects of folding or faulting of the earth's crust ; tectonic 4. concerned with or relating to structure rather than history or comparison <
structural linguistics
structurally adverb

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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