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dysfunctional (maladaptive)

Definition:

of a trait or condition, failing to serve an adjustive purpose

Class:

adjective (modifies a noun)

Comparative:

more dysfunctional

Superlative:

most dysfunctional

Similar to:

maladaptive

Original source:

Princeton WordNet

Usage example:

dysfunctional behavior

Synonyms:

nonadaptive

Etymology:

"dysfunction" + "-al" (1).
(Source: Online Etymology)  [more]

All senses of dysfunctional...

Definition references

Collins Dictionary:

nonadaptive | dysfunctional [synonym, sense-specific]

[biology] not adaptive, (of an organism) not able to adapt to the environment | dysfunctional (14 of 184 words, 2 definitions, pronunciation)

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/nonadaptive

Wiktionary:

nonadaptive

Not adaptive; unable to adapt. (5 of 6 words)

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/nonadaptive

Oxford Dictionary:

dysfunctional | dysfunctionality [derived] | dysfunctionally [derived]

not operating normally or properly | unable to deal adequately with normal social relations (13 of 84 words, 2 definitions, 5 usage examples, pronunciation)

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/english​/dysfunctional

Merriam-Webster:

dysfunction | disfunction | dysfunctional [adjective, related]

impaired or abnormal functioning | abnormal or unhealthy interpersonal behavior or interaction within a group (14 of 59 words, 2 definitions, 2 usage examples, pronunciations)

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/dysfunction

Macmillan British Dictionary:

dysfunctional

dysfunctional relationships do not work normally and are not happy or successful | not working normally (15 of 43 words, 2 definitions, 3 usage examples, pronunciation)

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/british​/dysfunctional

New World Dictionary:

dysfunctional

unable to function normally, properly, etc. | of or characterized by abnormal or impaired psychosocial functioning (15 of 23 words, 2 definitions, 1 usage example, pronunciation)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/dysfunctional

American Heritage Dictionary:

dysfunction | dysfunctional [adjective, related]

Abnormal or impaired functioning, especially of a bodily system or social group. (12 of 19 words, pronunciation)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/dysfunction

Cambridge Dictionary:

dysfunctional [specialized]

not behaving or working normally (5 of 12 words, 1 usage example, pronunciation)

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/dysfunctional

Wikipedia:

Adaptive behavior

a type of behavior that is used to adjust to another type of behavior or situation. This is often characterized by a kind of behavior that allows an individual to change an unconstructive or disruptive behavior to something more constructive. These ... (41 of 1003 words)

en​.wikipedia​.org​/wiki​/Adaptive behavior

Random House Dictionary:

maladaptive

of, pertaining to, or characterized by maladaptation. (7 of 22 words, 1 usage example, pronunciation)

dictionary​.infoplease​.com​/maladaptive

Encarta Dictionary:

dysfunctional

characterized by an inability to function emotionally or as a social unit | failing to perform an expected function | describes an organ or other part ... (24 of 72 words, 3 definitions, pronunciation)

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861607138​/definition​.html  [offline]

Etymology references

Online Etymology:

dysfunctional

First use: 1917

Origin: "dysfunction" + "-al" (1).

www​.etymonline​.com​/index​.php term=dysfunctional

dysfunction

First use: 1916

Origin: "dys-" "bad, abnormal, difficult" + "function".

www​.etymonline​.com​/index​.php term=dysfunction

Wiktionary:

dysfunctional

Origin: dys- + functional.

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/dysfunctional

dys-

Origin: New Latin, from Ancient Greek δυσ- (dys-, "difficult, bad status"), from Proto-Indo-European *dus-. See tore for Proto-Germanic cognates, and Persian دشمن (doŇ°man) for PIE cognates.

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/dys-

functional | functionals [plural]

Origin: function + -al

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/functional

Audio references

Collins Dictionary:

dysfunctional

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "dysfunctional"

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/dysfunctional

Macmillan British Dictionary:

dysfunctional

Audio: British English pronunciation of "dysfunctional"

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/british​/dysfunctional

Macmillan American Dictionary:

dysfunctional

Audio: North American pronunciation of "dysfunctional"

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/american​/dysfunctional

Cambridge Dictionary:

dysfunctional [specialized]

Audio 1: British English pronunuciation of "dysfunctional"

Audio 2: North American English pronunuciation of "dysfunctional"

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/dysfunctional

the Free Dictionary:

dysfunctional

Audio 1: North American English pronunciation of "dysfunctional"

Audio 2: British English pronunciation of "dysfunctional"

www​.thefreedictionary​.com​/dysfunctional

Google Dictionary:

dysfunctional

Audio: English pronunciation of "dysfunctional"

www​.google​.com​/#hl=en&tbs=dfn​:1&fp=1&q=dysfunctional

Merriam-Webster Pronunciation:

dysfunctional

Audio: North American pronunciation of "dysfunctional"

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/audio​.php file=dysfun​02 word=dysfunctional

YourDictionary Audio:

dysfunctional

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "dysfunctional" by speech synthesizer

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/dysfunctional

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