Definitions

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  • adj. Functioning incorrectly or abnormally.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. impaired in function; especially of a bodily system or organ.
  • adj. failing to serve an adjustive purpose; -- of a trait or condition.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. (of a trait or condition) failing to serve an adjustive purpose
  • adj. impaired in function; especially of a bodily system or organ

Etymologies

From dys- +‎ functional. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • If not for DX, who would have been able to come up with the term dysfunctional family?

    The Unauthorized History of DX

  • Mr. Silver is the author of acid-dripping comedies like "Pterodactyls" and "Raised in Captivity" about families that make the term dysfunctional sound positively benign.

    NYT > Home Page

  • We now use the term "dysfunctional family" for a reason.

    The Full Feed from HuffingtonPost.com

  • That is what is really meant by the term "dysfunctional family" -- a family with no function.

    The Full Feed from HuffingtonPost.com

  • The Savages, sans quotes, are a family to which the term dysfunctional does insufficient injustice.

    Delightful

  • They want electoral reform in what they call a dysfunctional democracy.

    Ellen Freudenheim: 15 Mayo: What Will It Mean for U.S. Youth Election Year Activism?

  • One recommendation was an overhaul of what it called the "dysfunctional" Nuclear Waste Fund arrangement.

    Nuclear-Waste Costs Go Critical

  • The administration hopes to create secure borders by protecting their integrity, improve the immigration system by fixing what it calls a dysfunctional bureaucracy, take away incentives for people to enter the United States illegally, support a system that allows undocumented immigrants to eventually become citizens, and work with Mexico to decrease illegal immigration.

    CNN Transcript Apr 16, 2009

  • That's what I call dysfunctional, is when they don't follow the Hulk -- the Hogan rules, you know.

    CNN Transcript Jul 28, 2005

  • I mean in women such as yourself, with what we call dysfunctional uterine bleeding or heavy periods, the Seasonale, or any medication, for that matter, is not necessarily going to alleviate that, because there is increased growth of the lining of the endometrium.

    CNN Transcript Sep 13, 2003

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