Definition for dysfunctional

adjective as in socially impaired

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Example Sentences

Sqirl’s dysfunctional kitchen culture and food safety practices were exposed, as was the Bon Appétit Test Kitchen’s exploitation of chefs of color.

From Eater

The Texans have been dysfunctional since Watson arrived in 2017.

These extreme cases may involve an overactive or dysfunctional response from the body’s immune system.

There is no advanced industrial democracy in the world more politically divided, or politically dysfunctional, than the United States today.

From Time

Since the tough-talking Fertitta bought the Rockets in 2017, the organization has transformed from a steady winner under former owner Leslie Alexander into a dysfunctional mess.

These young adults have voluntarily checked out of a political system they consider corrupt and dysfunctional.

This is a story that celebrates difference, as opposed to the story of a dysfunctional kid.

The family was close, “in a crazy kind of dysfunctional way,” he says.

Their interest, as ever, is in pushing the perception that Washington is dysfunctional.

Still, he was locked into his rookie contract, and had to ride out two more dysfunctional seasons of the show.

The West knew that these institutions were dysfunctional – but not to which breathtaking extent.

It is this unaccomplished, uneasy metamorphosis that tore the social fabric of CEE apart, rendering it poisoned and dysfunctional.


On this page you'll find 17 synonyms, antonyms, and words related to dysfunctional, such as: flawed, broken, debilitated, decayed, defective, and deteriorated.

From Roget's 21st Century Thesaurus, Third Edition Copyright © 2013 by the Philip Lief Group.