Definition of "dysfunction" []

  • Abnormal or impaired functioning, especially of a bodily system or social group. (noun)
  • Any disturbance or abnormality in the function of an organ or part (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

  • (esp of a family) failure to show the characteristics or fulfil the purposes accepted as normal or beneficial (noun) (c) HarperCollins Publishers Ltd 2016

Use "dysfunction" in a sentence
  • "I used the word dysfunction earlier for a reason when referencing your family, because it is clear to me that your family has been defective for years."
  • "The cause of our dysfunction is our ignorant and selfish citizenry."
  • "December 21st, 2009 1: 20 pm ET count on the GOP to do everything they can to prove how dysfunctional the Fed Gov is, even though the dysfunction is a product of their own making."