Definition of dysfunctional in English:

dysfunctional

Syllabification: dys·func·tion·al
Pronunciation: /disˈfəNGkSHənl
 
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adjective

  • 1Not operating normally or properly: the telephones are dysfunctional
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    • Did your lab reach the stage where it was quite dysfunctional in its operation?
    • It is not just the athletes themselves who are growing old with dysfunctional bodies and disturbed minds.
    • There is evidence linking dysfunctional breathing with respiratory disorders.
  • 1.1Deviating from the norms of social behavior in a way regarded as bad: an emotionally dysfunctional businessman dysfunctional families
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    • She herself says that her dysfunctional family has actually weirdly helped her career.
    • In therapy-speak, they call them dysfunctional families, you know.
    • I also want to take the time to thank you, my dear readers who are like my extended dysfunctional family.

Derivatives

dysfunctionality

noun
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  • Here Cohn Rhodes revisits Pollock's tragic "abiding dysfunctionality," which led to his death in a drunken car crash.
  • The UN system's dysfunctionality was not, at bottom, a legal problem.
  • Like every other significant rock performer, his act was anchored in dysfunctionality.

dysfunctionally

adverb
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  • Maybe they should, as a reminder that our system will continue to function dysfunctionally until we do something about it.
  • No one can predict with surety that someone will never act dysfunctionally again.
  • Officers unlucky enough to be assigned to joint duty got orders out of it as soon as they could; their tours of duty became dysfunctionally short.

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