dysfunctional dysfunctional  /dɪs ˈfəŋkʃə nəl/


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


  1. By dysfunctional family, we do not mean merely the Presley-Smith family of North Mississippi.
  2. It remains to be seen whether she can convert her own celebrity into freedom for others held victim to Colombia's dysfunctional politics.
  3. And I love that Rock Band allows people to act like real-life dysfunctional rock groupsyou play either together or against one another.


  1. Book review: Kooky bedside visits spill comatose patient's secret in "Oh Dear Silvia"

    What are the elements of a good comic novel? If you were to ask Dawn French, the British humorist, television personality and author of the new book "Oh Dear Silvia," she'd probably tell you: a title character who never speaks, because she's in a coma. A psychotic stalker who'll stop at nothing to possess the object of her desire. A deeply dysfunctional, fractured family.
    on June 18, 2013     Source: Denver Post

  2. Spain's power industry overhaul to hit companies, banks

    MADRID (Reuters) - Spain's latest overhaul of its dysfunctional energy sector, due this month, will inflict pain on renewable power companies and utilities and force losses on banks and investors. Reform ...
    on June 17, 2013     Source: Reuters via Yahoo! Finance

  3. Father's Day: Dysfunctional movie dads

    Father's Day: Dysfunctional movie dads Why Bill Cosby, Steven Seagal, Marlon Brando and more suck as fathers.
    on June 15, 2013     Source: Time Out Chicago


  1. "People have stopped working together, government is dysfunctional, there's no collaborating and congeniality," Bloomberg said to applause from the crowd.
    on Jan 7, 2008 By: Michael Bloomberg Source: Guardian Unlimited

  2. Earlier, during the hearing, Specter said, "it is generally acknowledged that the Department of Justice is in a state of disrepair, perhaps even dysfunctional, because of what has happened."
    on Mar 29, 2007 By: Arlen Specter Source: Bloomberg

  3. "The findings suggest that, in recent years, the FCC has operated in a dysfunctional manner and commission business has suffered as a result," said Commerce Committee Chairman John Dingell, D-Mich., who will be relinquishing the reins of the...
    on Dec 9, 2007 By: John Dingell Source: Los Angeles Times

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