Definition of dysfunctional in English:

dysfunctional

adjective

  • 1Not operating normally or properly.

    ‘the telephones are dysfunctional’
    • ‘The international system for resettling refugees is highly dysfunctional.’
    • ‘The system as a whole becomes inefficient and dysfunctional and the people are alienated further from it and the leaders.’
    • ‘It is not just the athletes themselves who are growing old with dysfunctional bodies and disturbed minds.’
    • ‘He said the country has a housing sector which is basically dysfunctional in terms of the tax structure.’
    • ‘Without that, the mechanism of justice delivery would become dysfunctional.’
    • ‘Streetlights, even on the main roads, have been dysfunctional for nearly 20 days now.’
    • ‘Members of the environment group are now surveying footpaths again for stiles that have become dysfunctional since the last survey.’
    • ‘Government stonewalling and a dysfunctional justice system also jeopardized the case.’
    • ‘We apologise for the lack of lighting, the bare concrete walls and the dysfunctional information monitors in this part of the station.’
    • ‘It's not a threat to write a book about a dysfunctional intelligence organization.’
    • ‘Some elements of dysfunctional schemas may only be operative under such circumstances.’
    • ‘Can you solve the mystery of the dysfunctional car alarms?’
    • ‘There is evidence linking dysfunctional breathing with respiratory disorders.’
    • ‘It is such a pity this has to be spoiled by a sewage system that is obviously over loaded or very dysfunctional or both.’
    • ‘Did your lab reach the stage where it was quite dysfunctional in its operation?’
    • ‘His distaste for computers runs deeper than the everyday annoyance of dysfunctional parts.’
    • ‘Pushing children into dysfunctional or poorly functioning schools is making a mockery of the right to education.’
    • ‘These modulate the neuronal circuits that are thought to be dysfunctional in such disorders.’
    troubled, distressed, unsettled, upset, distraught
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    1. 1.1Deviating from the norms of social behavior in a way regarded as bad.
      ‘an emotionally dysfunctional businessman’
      ‘dysfunctional families’
      • ‘I also want to take the time to thank you, my dear readers who are like my extended dysfunctional family.’
      • ‘These kids are as young as 10, homeless, and from pretty dysfunctional families.’
      • ‘Their brother flees from their dysfunctional family to the Army as soon as he is old enough to enlist.’
      • ‘Rambling and anecdotal, the dysfunctional family's tale is charming if you allow it to move at its own pace.’
      • ‘This business attracts people who have drug and alcohol problems, who are dysfunctional, who are misfits.’
      • ‘It's a dark, brooding look at a dysfunctional modern family caught up in the traditions of contemporary life.’
      • ‘His family is gravely dysfunctional, showing an extreme level of expressed emotion.’
      • ‘They're an entirely dysfunctional lot, from a long line of eccentric ancestors that includes a couple of human cannonballs.’
      • ‘In therapy-speak, they call them dysfunctional families, you know.’
      • ‘But being in charge of a team that included known dysfunctional miscreants was hardly news to him.’
      • ‘It is a similar theme - the family so dysfunctional that it is but one step from the abyss of collapse.’
      • ‘The human devastation created by these sorts of dysfunctional families is profound.’
      • ‘He had fallen out with his wealthy and wildly dysfunctional southern family and didn't want them to reclaim his remains.’
      • ‘There are no words for how dysfunctional she is, and I can't explain it.’
      • ‘She herself says that her dysfunctional family has actually weirdly helped her career.’
      • ‘Oh, and did I mention that we could possibly have even the most dysfunctional family ever?’
      • ‘I know what's right and wrong and if I did something wrong I would not say that it's because I had a dysfunctional family.’
      • ‘Unfortunately, he was just as dysfunctional in his own personal life as they in theirs.’
      • ‘Scorned by society, forced into retirement or seconded into secret service these heroes are a dysfunctional bunch.’
      • ‘The play features Peter and Aggie, a dysfunctional couple who are both dealing with their own past traumas.’

Pronunciation:

dysfunctional

/ˌdisˈfəNG(k)SH(ə)nl/