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[dis-fuhngk-shuh-nl] /dɪsˈfʌŋk ʃə nl/

not performing normally, as an organ or structure of the body; malfunctioning.
having a malfunctioning part or element:
It is hard to get bills through a dysfunctional congress.
behaving or acting outside social norms:
All the siblings in their extremely dysfunctional family lost contact as adults.
(med) (of an organ or part) not functioning normally
(esp of a family) characterized by a breakdown of normal or beneficial relationships between members of the group

1917, from dysfunction + -al (1). Related: Dysfunctionally.


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