mal·​adapt·​ed ˌma-lə-ˈdap-təd How to pronounce maladapted (audio)
: unsuited or poorly suited (as to a particular use, purpose, or situation)

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Aggression becomes a maladapted trait when it’s not channeled. The Cut, 5 Mar. 2018

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Word History

First Known Use

1918, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of maladapted was in 1918

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“Maladapted.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 Mar. 2023.

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