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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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  • It is this unaccomplished, uneasy metamorphosis that tore the social fabric of CEE apart, rendering it poisoned and dysfunctional.

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  • The West knew that these institutions were dysfunctional – but not to which breathtaking extent.

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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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