Definition of dysfunction
1 : impaired or abnormal functioning gastrointestinal dysfunction
2 : abnormal or unhealthy interpersonal behavior or interaction within a group family dysfunction
dysfunctionalplay \-shnəl, -shə-nəl\ adjective
Examples of dysfunction in a Sentence
The disease causes gastrointestinal dysfunctions.
Recent Examples of dysfunction from the Web
The massive amount of dysfunction and paperwork that will result from this decision boggles the mind.
But the plan to replace the building grew mired in a pit of government dysfunction and escalating costs with no end in sight.
Much has been made of the failure to appoint senior officials at the State Department and Pentagon, and of the dysfunction within the White House.
Mark Zandi, the chief economist at Moody's Analytics, said the dysfunction in Congress stands to roil confidence in the U.S. economy, particularly if lawmakers flirt with defaulting on the debt limit.
Trump's tweet — and his persistent prior commentary on Chicago — could reflect genuine unease at the dysfunction of America's third largest city, and Huckabee Sanders's subsequent comment could be viewed as a moralistic analysis of violence.
The dysfunction of the relationship only encourages both sides to boost the dosage and rationalize the addiction.
Their public feud has only added to the usual New York Knicks dysfunction, especially now that Carmelo Anthony refuses to leave or waive his no-trade clause.
Raised amid dictatorial dysfunction, and normally poorly educated, the exiles stumble into a brutally competitive nation where they are regularly disdained by their neighbors.
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First Known Use of dysfunction
DYSFUNCTION Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of dysfunction for English Language Learners
: the condition of having poor and unhealthy behaviors and attitudes within a group of people
medical : the state of being unable to function in a normal way
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