An example of something that would be described as dysfunctional is a family that fights all the time and that deviates from the accepted way a family is supposed to behave.
- unable to function normally, properly, etc.
- of or characterized by abnormal or impaired psychosocial functioning: a dysfunctional family, dysfunctional behavior
(comparative more dysfunctional, superlative most dysfunctional)
Used frequently in regard to social functioning: dysfunctional family, dysfunctional behavior.
- dysfunction (noun)
From dys- + functional.