- (of a relationship) split apart; not intact: a broken marriage.
- (of a family) disunited or divided by the prolonged or permanent absence of a parent, usually due to divorce or desertion: a child from a broken home; broken families.
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OTHER WORDS FROM brokenbro·ken·ly, adverbbro·ken·ness, nounhalf-bro·ken, adjectivewell-bro·ken, adjective
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Most of them were half-broken, but there were some that had never seen, much less felt, a saddle.The Career of Leonard Wood|Joseph Hamblen Sears
In the box were the half-broken blade and the handle of the sword with which the major had fought.Timar's Two Worlds|Mr Jkai
They come, too, with far less cunning than the half-broken gentry.Rural Rides|William Cobbett
Muttered words, half-broken sentences, incoherent all of them, were the only things we could win from him.Kitty's Conquest|Charles King
Sandy had his long rangy roans, and for leaders, a pair of half-broken pinto bronchos.The Ontario High School Reader|A.E. Marty