maladaptation

noun

mal·​ad·​ap·​ta·​tion ˌma-ˌla-ˌdap-ˈtā-shən How to pronounce maladaptation (audio)
: poor or inadequate adaptation

Examples of maladaptation in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web For years, maladaptation was given short shrift as research and policy prioritized mitigating climate change by reducing greenhouse-gas emissions. Stephen Robert Miller, Discover Magazine, 16 Dec. 2022 Experts call this phenomenon maladaptation. Stephen Robert Miller, Discover Magazine, 16 Dec. 2022 Until that is underlying conditions change, and perfection turns to maladaptation. Razib Khan, Discover Magazine, 11 July 2012 This maladaptation to lack of hip stability causes the knee to be unnaturally pinched between the upper leg and lower leg, precipitating damage and pain. Matt Fitzgerald, Outside Online, 20 Sep. 2018

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Word History

First Known Use

1877, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of maladaptation was in 1877

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“Maladaptation.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/maladaptation. Accessed 21 Jul. 2024.

Medical Definition

maladaptation

noun
mal·​ad·​ap·​ta·​tion ˌmal-ˌad-ˌap-ˈtā-shən How to pronounce maladaptation (audio)
: poor or inadequate adaptation
psychological maladaptation
maladaptive adjective
maladaptively adverb

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