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dysfunctional

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Definition failing to function normally or as desired
  • Most Americans ignore the fact that a third of the country's public schools are totally dysfunctional (because their children go to the other two-thirds).
    Fareed Zakaria  --  The Post-American World (2008)
  • Embarrassing dancing and dysfunction aside, my family's not so bad.
    Angie Thomas  --  The Hate U Give
  • dysfunction = failing to function as desired
    (editor's note:  The suffix "-tion", converts a verb into a noun that denotes the action or result of the verb. Typically, there is a slight change in the ending of the root verb, as in action, education, and observation.)
  • My new friends in the Secret Brotherhood of Dysfunctional Dog Owners had helped us more than they ever would know.
    John Grogan  --  Marley & Me
  • It is poor, often politically dysfunctional, with tremendous uncertainties ahead of it.
    Nicholas D. Kristof  --  Half the Sky
  • He developed liver dysfunction, high blood pressure, back pains, chest pains.
    John Hersey  --  Hiroshima
  • (editor's note:  The suffix "-tion", converts a verb into a noun that denotes the action or result of the verb. Typically, there is a slight change in the ending of the root verb, as in action, education, and observation.)
  • Your Honor, while no direct corroboration has yet been made, the minor has an established pattern of extreme dysfunctional behavior.
    Dave Pelzer  --  The Lost Boy
  • I don't even think this is a relationship, it's so dysfunctional.
    Sarah Dessen  --  Along for the Ride
  • Our family puts the "dys" in dysfunctional.
    Ellen Hopkins  --  Identical
  • This is getting a little dysfunctional, even for me.
    James Patterson  --  School's Out - Forever
  • Bernie Goetz and those four thugs on the subway were, in this sense, prisoners of their own, dysfunctional, world.
    Malcolm Gladwell  --  The Tipping Point
  • And after spending time with the dysfunctional Cole family, it seemed more important still.
    David Baldacci  --  Zero Day
  • Everybody loves their momma—there is nothing even remotely unique in that even in this dysfunctional world we live in.
    Rick Bragg  --  All Over but the Shoutin'
  • He was also required to report any computer dysfunction to Level I command, should that unlikely event occur.
    Michael Crichton  --  The Andromeda Strain
  • (editor's note:  The suffix "-tion", converts a verb into a noun that denotes the action or result of the verb. Typically, there is a slight change in the ending of the root verb, as in action, education, and observation.)
  • It was not epilepsy and the doctors insisted that there was no physical dysfunction responsible for those symptoms.
    Pat Conroy  --  The Lords of Discipline
  • (editor's note:  The suffix "-tion", converts a verb into a noun that denotes the action or result of the verb. Typically, there is a slight change in the ending of the root verb, as in action, education, and observation.)
  • What do you think about this for a band name: A Reptile Dysfunction?
    John Corey Whaley  --  Nogin
  • (editor's note:  The suffix "-tion", converts a verb into a noun that denotes the action or result of the verb. Typically, there is a slight change in the ending of the root verb, as in action, education, and observation.)
  • There is, in fact, no form of dysfunctional family or no personal disintegration of character for which there is not a Greek or Roman model.
    Thomas C. Foster  --  How to Read Literature Like a Professor
  • And we're a bit less dysfunctional without Lev."
    Neal Shusterman  --  Unwind
  • As far as we can determine at the moment, it was a case of deep antagonism in a tragically dysfunctional family.
    Stieg Larsson  --  The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest
  • The NFL was loaded with players who had mined a loveless, dysfunctional childhood for sensational acts of violence.
    Michael Lewis  --  The Blind Side
  • Of all my dysfunctional behaviors, she hates me putting empty containers back where they don't belong.
    Chris Crutcher  --  Staying Fat for Sarah Byrnes

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