- Medicine/Medical. malfunctioning, as of an organ or structure of the body.
- any malfunctioning part or element: the dysfunctions of the country's economy.
- Sociology. a consequence of a social practice or behavior pattern that undermines the stability of a social system.
Origin of dysfunction
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Examples from the Web for dysfunction
How this leads to dysfunction, racial tension, and a skewed justice system.Ferguson and the Urban-Suburban Race Conflict
August 18, 2014
Noel Canning comes out of the dysfunction surrounding appointments to the five-member NLRB.
Dysfunction in the VA scheduling system has been the target of watchdog reports for years—without prompting an overhaul.Did the VA Pay Out Bonuses for Screwing Veterans?
May 12, 2014
No issue better captures the dysfunction of Washington than the trumped up debate over the Keystone XL pipeline.Keystone Pipeline Is D.C.’s Dumbest Debate
May 12, 2014
The House Republican majority began its reign of dysfunction with a bill to repeal Obamacare.Turns Out, Obamacare is a Job Creator
March 5, 2014
- med any disturbance or abnormality in the function of an organ or part
- (esp of a family) failure to show the characteristics or fulfil the purposes accepted as normal or beneficial
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Word Origin and History for dysfunction
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
- Abnormal or impaired functioning, especially of a bodily system or organ.
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