A breakdown in communication.
- A failure to work or function properly.breakdown of a machine, of authority, etc.
- A failure of health; physical, mental, or emotional collapse.
- A separation into parts; analysis.
When your car stops working and will no longer start, this is an example of a breakdown.
When everyone loses respect for a teacher and stops listening to that teacher at all, this is an example of a breakdown of authority.
When you tell your spouse to meet you at the restaurant you both like the best and he thinks that you mean a different restaurant and doesn't understand you correctly, this is an example of a breakdown of communication.
When your boyfriend breaks up with you and you become severely depressed and try to kill yourself and need therapy, this is an example of a breakdown.