dysfunction

noun
dys·​func·​tion | \ (ˌ)dis-ˈfəŋ(k)-shən How to pronounce dysfunction (audio) \
variants: or less commonly

Definition of dysfunction

1 : impaired or abnormal functioning gastrointestinal dysfunction
2 : abnormal or unhealthy interpersonal behavior or interaction within a group family dysfunction

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Examples of dysfunction in a Sentence

The disease causes gastrointestinal dysfunctions.
Recent Examples on the Web Owner Jed York would send a tweet apologizing to fans, general manager Trent Baalke’s daughter would send a tweet ripping offensive coordinator Greg Roman, and the team’s dysfunction was exposed for all to see. Ann Killion, SFChronicle.com, "Sorry, Richard Sherman. 49ers vs. Seahawks is not just ‘another game’," 9 Nov. 2019 California’s dysfunction is tolerated only because the system has been rigged to insulate the richest stakeholders from the worst costs of it. Michael Brendan Dougherty, National Review, "Whither Kamala Harris? A Failed-State Senator’s Failing Campaign," 31 Oct. 2019 The nation of 18 million people has won worldwide acclaim for its low poverty, inflation and unemployment, rarities in a region still struggling to leave behind economic dysfunction. Washington Post, "More violent clashes in Chile as many line up for food," 22 Oct. 2019 The nation of 18 million people has won worldwide acclaim for its low poverty, inflation and unemployment, rarities in a region still struggling to leave behind economic dysfunction. Time, "Chile Is "At War" Its President Says, as Continuing Clashes Leave 12 Dead," 22 Oct. 2019 But California’s victory over dysfunction may be short-lived. Washington Post, Orange County Register, "This columnist thinks California is in big trouble. The fix? Kill Prop 13!," 22 Oct. 2019 More Stories Succession is a show about business empires, and about family, and especially about the peculiar toxicity and dysfunction that occurs when the two intersect. Sophie Gilbert, The Atlantic, "This Is What a Happy Ending Looks Like on Succession," 14 Oct. 2019 Ukraine, a resource-rich nation that sits on the geographic and symbolic border between Russia and the West, has long been plagued by corruption and government dysfunction, making it a magnet for foreign profiteers. Desmond Butler, sun-sentinel.com, "Trump allies in Florida pressed Ukraine over gas firm, AP sources say," 7 Oct. 2019 Ukraine, a resource-rich nation that sits on the geographic and symbolic border between Russia and the West, has long been plagued by corruption and government dysfunction, making it a magnet for foreign profiteers. Anchorage Daily News, "Trump allies pressed Ukraine over gas firm," 7 Oct. 2019

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First Known Use of dysfunction

circa 1916, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for dysfunction

dys- + function entry 1

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16 Nov 2019

Time Traveler for dysfunction

The first known use of dysfunction was circa 1916

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dysfunction

noun
How to pronounce dysfunction (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of dysfunction

: 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

dysfunction

noun
dys·​func·​tion
variants: also disfunction \ (ˈ)dis-​ˈfəŋ(k)-​shən How to pronounce disfunction (audio) \

Medical Definition of dysfunction

: impaired or abnormal functioning (as of an organ of the body) — see minimal brain dysfunction

Other Words from dysfunction

dysfunctional \ -​shnəl, -​shən-​ᵊl How to pronounce dysfunctional (audio) \ adjective
dysfunctioning \ -​shə-​niŋ How to pronounce dysfunctioning (audio) \ noun

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