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Topic: PSYCHOLOGY, PSYCHIATRY

Date: 1900-2000
Origin: dys- 'bad' (from Greek) + functional

dysfunctional

adjective
     
dys‧func‧tion‧al
1MP not following the normal patterns of social behaviour, especially with the result that someone cannot behave in a normal way or have a satisfactory life:
dysfunctional family relationships
2T not working properly or normally
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