(noun) Any behavior or action that has negative consequences for an institution.
Audio Pronunciation: (dys·func·tion)
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- Plural: dysfunctions
- Variant form: disfunction
- Dysfunctions and functions along with latent and manifest functions were theorized by Robert Merton (1910–2003) in Social Theory and Social Structure (1949, revised in 1957 and 1968).