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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