misfunction

noun
mis·​func·​tion | \ ˌmis-ˈfəŋ(k)-shən How to pronounce misfunction (audio) \
plural misfunctions

Definition of misfunction

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: 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

verb
misfunctioned; misfunctioning

Definition of misfunction (Entry 2 of 2)

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

First Known Use of misfunction

Noun

1886, in the meaning defined above

Verb

1918, in the meaning defined above

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“Misfunction.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/misfunction. Accessed 11 May. 2021.

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