Definition of mal- in English:

mal-

Syllabification: mal-

combining form

1In an unpleasant degree: malodorous
2In a faulty manner: malfunction
2.1In an improper manner: malpractice
2.2In an inadequate manner: malnourishment
3Not: maladroit

Origin

from French mal, from Latin male 'badly'.

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