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dysfunctional

[dis-fuhngk-shuh-nl]
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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.
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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
  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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