misfunction

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noun

mis·​func·​tion ˌmis-ˈfəŋ(k)-shən How to pronounce misfunction (audio)
plural misfunctions
: failure to function in a normal or correct way
Presidential criticism is rarely provoked by the usual ongoing malfunctions and misfunctions of the press. Hodding Carter III

misfunction

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verb

misfunctioned; misfunctioning

intransitive verb

: to function abnormally or incorrectly : malfunction
His radio had misfunctioned—he could talk to his crew but couldn't hear them—so the decision to drive conservatively and stretch his fuel had been all his. Sam Moses

Word History

First Known Use

Noun

1886, in the meaning defined above

Verb

1918, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of misfunction was in 1886

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Cite this Entry

“Misfunction.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/misfunction. Accessed 28 Nov. 2022.

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