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dysfunctional

[dis-fuhngk-shuh-nl] /dɪsˈfʌŋk ʃə nl/
adjective
1.
not performing normally, as an organ or structure of the body; malfunctioning.
2.
having a malfunctioning part or element:
It is hard to get bills through a dysfunctional congress.
3.
behaving or acting outside social norms:
All the siblings in their extremely dysfunctional family lost contact as adults.
Related forms
dysfunctionally, adverb
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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.
British Dictionary definitions for dysfunctional

dysfunctional

/dɪsˈfʌŋkʃənəl/
adjective
1.
(med) (of an organ or part) not functioning normally
2.
(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
adj.

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

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