- unable to function normally, properly, etc.
- of or characterized by abnormal or impaired psychosocial functioning: a dysfunctional family, dysfunctional behavior
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.
(comparative more dysfunctional, superlative most dysfunctional)
Used frequently in regard to social functioning: dysfunctional family, dysfunctional behavior.
- dysfunction (noun)
From dys- + functional.
- They may not be deaf, blind, mentally disabled, have deformed or dysfunctional limbs, face, or trunk, or have AIDS or other infectious diseases.
- By the end of season two of the show, however, the once dysfunctional couple showed signs of finding a new equilibrium in their relationship to let them parent their son, even if their romantic relationship was over.
- Because nothing makes better reality television than a dysfunctional family, Nick and Aaron Carter are getting the whole family together to film the reality show "House of Carters" for E!
- While cortical dementia affects the outer layers of the brain, subcortical dementias are related to dysfunctional parts of the brain beneath the outer layers.
- Dysfunctional uterine bleeding (DUB) is prolonged or heavy bleeding that often occurs in a menstrual cycle where ovulation did not occur.