dysfunctional Definition

  • 1not operating normally or properly
  • 2unable to function in a normal way
  • 3characterized by a breakdown of normal or beneficial relationships between members of the group

Using dysfunctional: Examples

Take a moment to familiarize yourself with how "dysfunctional" can be used in various situations through the following examples!

  • Example

    The company's management structure is dysfunctional.

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    Their family is so dysfunctional that they can't even have a meal together without arguing.

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    The team's performance was affected by their dysfunctional communication.

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    The government's policies have led to a dysfunctional healthcare system.

dysfunctional Synonyms and Antonyms

Antonyms for dysfunctional

Phrases with dysfunctional

  • a family in which conflict, misbehavior, and often child neglect or abuse on the part of individual parents occur continually and regularly, leading other members to accommodate such actions


    The TV show 'Shameless' portrays a dysfunctional family living in poverty.

  • a relationship that involves negative patterns of behavior between two people that are difficult to change or overcome


    Their dysfunctional relationship was characterized by constant arguments and emotional abuse.

  • a workplace where there is a lack of cooperation, communication, and trust among employees, leading to low productivity and high turnover rates


    The company's toxic culture has created a dysfunctional workplace environment.


Summary: dysfunctional in Brief

The term 'dysfunctional' [dis-fuhngk-shuh-nl] describes something that is not operating normally or properly, unable to function in a normal way, or characterized by a breakdown of normal or beneficial relationships between members of the group. It can be used to describe anything from a company's management structure to a family's communication patterns. Common phrases include 'dysfunctional family,' 'dysfunctional relationship,' and 'dysfunctional workplace.'

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