# Functional separability

The property of two sets $A$ and $B$ in a topological space $X$ requiring the existence of a continuous real-valued function $f$ on $X$ such that the closures of the sets $f(A)$ and $f(B)$ (relative to the usual topology on the real line $\mathbf R$) do not intersect. For example, a space is completely regular if every closed set is separable from each one-point set that does not intersect it. A space is normal if every two closed non-intersecting subsets of it are functionally separable. If every two (distinct) one-point sets in a space are functionally separable, then the space is called functionally Hausdorff. The content of these definitions is unchanged if, instead of continuous real-valued functions, one takes continuous mappings into the plane, into an interval or into the Hilbert cube.