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Verb1.misfunction - fail to function or function improperlymisfunction - fail to function or function improperly; "the coffee maker malfunctioned"
conk out, go bad, break down, die, fail, give out, give way, break, go - stop operating or functioning; "The engine finally went"; "The car died on the road"; "The bus we travelled in broke down on the way to town"; "The coffee maker broke"; "The engine failed on the way to town"; "her eyesight went after the accident"
jam - get stuck and immobilized; "the mechanism jammed"
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It's a misfunction of plumbing from which none of us will die.
At a closer look, it seems that the potential misfunction which Smith locates in the imaginative workings of sympathy is not entirely unfamiliar to Burke, who faces a similar difficulty when, right before the passage on the tormented man and the threatened dog, in a section devoted specifically to association, he addresses the etiological problem of the origin or efficient cause of the passions.
Finding this explanation persuasive, some jurists have argued that tying arrangements "may protect the reputation of the tying product if failure to use the tied product in conjunction with it may cause it to misfunction.
His meticulous and exhaustive analysis of this "systeme predictif" reveals how more often than not these attempts to foresee if not control the future misfunction.
The same kinase can also be the culprit that leads to misfunction, or disease.
For markets to misfunction in this sense, one of two conditions must exist: either a divergence between the value of a product characteristic to consumers and their willingness to pay it, or a divergence between the cost to suppliers of providing that characteristic and the overall cost to society.