noting or relating to a person with a disability, chronic illness, or mental health issue who functions mentally or physically at a higher level than others with the same condition: a high-functioning child with autism; high-functioning alcoholism.
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How to use high-functioning in a sentence
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Richards, at the depths of his drug-fueled romp through the culture, was also a high-functioning professional music executive.
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But I was a paragon of high-functioning alcoholism: Few knew my secrets.
In the psychoactive hierarchy of kitchen work, a high-functioning junkie beats a one-time opium eater.