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[dis-fuhngk-shuh-nl] /dɪsˈfʌŋk ʃə nl/
not performing normally, as an organ or structure of the body; malfunctioning.
having a malfunctioning part or element:
It is hard to get bills through a dysfunctional congress.
behaving or acting outside social norms:
All the siblings in their extremely dysfunctional family lost contact as adults.
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dysfunctionally, adverb Unabridged
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Examples from the web for dysfunctional
  • Off they went, the dysfunctional entourage that still manages to function, the boxer surrounded by his staff.
  • The switch raised hopes of reforms, especially of the communist country's long dysfunctional agriculture.
  • Everybody may grow up with a crazy dysfunctional family or an absent father.
  • Fear then functions to maintain recurring dysfunctional behaviors.
  • Downtown office buildings have become dysfunctional.
  • It is also, he might have added, downright dysfunctional.
  • Academics here and abroad had high hopes that he would fix the country's dysfunctional higher-education system.
  • dysfunctional partnerships seem to be particularly common in high-tech industries.
  • One reason cancer is not considered a single disease but many is that every cancer cell seems to be dysfunctional in its own way.
  • At each stage is a dysfunctional area of the economy that pushed the next, larger dysfunctional area over the edge.
British Dictionary definitions for dysfunctional


(med) (of an organ or part) not functioning normally
(esp of a family) characterized by a breakdown of normal or beneficial relationships between members of the group
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Word Origin and History for dysfunctional

1917, from dysfunction + -al (1). Related: Dysfunctionally.

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