dysfunctional

[dis-fuhngk-shuh-nl]

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.

Related formsdys·func·tion·al·ly, adverb
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  • It is this unaccomplished, uneasy metamorphosis that tore the social fabric of CEE apart, rendering it poisoned and dysfunctional.

    After the Rain

    Sam Vaknin

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

    After the Rain

    Sam Vaknin



British Dictionary definitions for dysfunctional

dysfunctional

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
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Word Origin and History for dysfunctional
adj.

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

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