[ dis-fuhngk-shuh-nl ]
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  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.

  1. behaving or acting outside social norms: All the siblings in their extremely dysfunctional family lost contact as adults.

Origin of dysfunctional

First recorded in 1910–15; dysfunction + -al1

Other words from dysfunctional

  • dys·func·tion·al·ly, adverb

Words Nearby dysfunctional

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How to use dysfunctional in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for dysfunctional


/ (dɪsˈfʌŋkʃənəl) /

  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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