/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.
(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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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.
To find this link, researchers compared normal lab mice to those bred to have dysfunctional sleep-wake cycles.
TV is supposed to be a respite from the burden of human interaction, not another dysfunctional relationship.
Bad management can make a good employee dysfunctional.
There are aspects of the financing system of higher education that can be considered dysfunctional.
They are also a symptom of dysfunctional political systems.
The artificial current interrupts or corrects dysfunctional electrical activity that is causing medical problems.
It will be even more crippled by the self-inflicted wound of its dysfunctional educational system.
McNally explores how to identify the line that separates an appropriate response to loss from a dysfunctional one.
Where voters are numerous, polling stations seem dysfunctional.
It seems to be working and beating our divided and dysfunctional system.
Why the cries from the margins might renew a dysfunctional system.
To some extent this hawkishness reflects the country's dysfunctional politics.
There is a dysfunctional pattern that is beginning to appear throughout public higher education.
Equally inevitably it will be preceded by dysfunctional.
The recovery movement is filled with stories of children who grew up having to take care of emotionally dysfunctional parents.
Another close friend of mine worked as a lecturer in another dept and found the place pretty dysfunctional.
Of all the dysfunctional family stories that your friends have told you about, this one will match and beat them all.
Factionalists and freeze outs are common dysfunctional departmental types.
The second worry has to do with dysfunctional government.
Here's something new in the annals of made-for-cable movies: a dysfunctional family of three in outer space.
People have personalities, and some of them are dysfunctional.
Children learn dysfunctional patterns from their parents and often carry them into the next generation.
Jeff's dysfunctional parents, children fending for themselves.
Dysfunctional workaholics with dusty relationship skills who have no clue how to communicate, interact with, and manage people.
Tired of dealing with his dysfunctional marriage, a photographer accepts an offer to work on a girlie calendar.
But hey, maybe a few missionaries spreading your own outdated, dysfunctional philosophy will help.
Clever work, and successful, in a dysfunctional sort of way.
Americans are lazy, and dysfunctional, that is the problem.
Two dysfunctional marriages are dissected during an impromptu dinner party in this drama.
Three friends are reunited as their lives become increasingly desperate and dysfunctional in this independent drama.
Since then, generation capacity has risen by half but distribution is so dysfunctional that actual supply has remained flat.
Luckily, he has been about as consistent as one can be, all while coming off the bench in a dysfunctional situation.
Bok paints a picture of colleges that, if not dysfunctional, are operating far below capacity.
Dysfunctional public spaces inhibit pride and make a community feel abandoned.
What the state underscores is how a dysfunctional system of teacher pay rewards educators with little emphasis on merit.
But the dysfunctional industry that supplies doctors and nurses prevents these wares from getting to the patients who need them.
The result has been a dysfunctional series of crises.
Indeed, many workplaces become dysfunctional because of outrage and retaliation against flyspeck and even imagined slights.
Inside the country, a creaking, dysfunctional system relied on operators plugging wires into sockets by hand.
It set a standard for what a memoir could be, and was followed by a tsunami of dysfunctional family memoirs.
Unfortunately, it may take a few hundred years to improve these dysfunctional relationships.