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
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.
A. Dutasteride (Avodart) has been linked to both erectile dysfunction and low libido (PeerJ, online, March 9, 2017).
The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey is expected to suspend its search for a chief executive on Thursday, dealing a blow to reform efforts at an agency that has become synonymous with dysfunction.
The show’s title alludes both to the family’s jaunty abbreviation for funeral home and, ironically, to its increasingly evident dysfunction.
More than 90 percent of Parkinson’s patients report some level of olfactory dysfunction.
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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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