dysfunctional
dysfunctional dysfunctional adj. 1. impaired in function; especially of a bodily system or organ. [WordNet 1.5]

2. (Psychol.) failing to serve an adjustive purpose; -- of a trait or condition; as, dysfunctional behavior.

Syn: nonadaptive. [WordNet 1.5]


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