functional specification

<programming, project>

A description of what a system (e.g. a piece of software) does or should do (but not how it should do it). The functional specification is one of the inputs to the design process.

See IEEE/ANSI Std. 610.12-1990.

Last updated: 1999-04-07

Nearby terms:

functional requirementsfunctional specificationfunctional testing

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