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dysfunctional

[ dis-fuhngk-shuh-nl ]
/ dɪsˈfʌŋk ʃə nl /
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adjective

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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Related formsdys·func·tion·al·ly, adverb
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British Dictionary definitions for dysfunctional

dysfunctional

/ (dɪsˈfʌŋkʃənəl) /

adjective

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
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for dysfunctional

dysfunctional


adj.

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

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