[ dis-fuhngk-shuh-nl ]
/ dɪsˈfʌŋk ʃə nl /
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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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OTHER WORDS FROM dysfunctional

dys·func·tion·al·ly, adverb
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/ (dɪsˈfʌŋkʃənəl) /


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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