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DYSFUNCTIONAL

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does dysfunctional mean? 

DYSFUNCTIONAL (adjective)
  The adjective DYSFUNCTIONAL has 2 senses:

1. impaired in function; especially of a bodily system or organ
2. (of a trait or condition) failing to serve an adjustive purpose

  Familiarity information: DYSFUNCTIONAL used as an adjective is rare.


 Dictionary entry details 


DYSFUNCTIONAL (adjective)


Sense 1dysfunctional [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Impaired in function; especially of a bodily system or organ

Similar:

impaired (diminished in strength, quality, or utility)


Sense 2dysfunctional [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

(of a trait or condition) failing to serve an adjustive purpose

Synonyms:

nonadaptive; dysfunctional

Context example:

dysfunctional behavior

Similar:

maladaptive (showing faulty adaptation)


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