mal·​a·​dive | \ ˈmalədiv \

Definition of maladive

1 : of, relating to, or affected by illness or disease : sickly, feeble a maladive condition her maladive step
2 : marked by or expressive of moral weakness or unwholesomeness a maladive apology maladive poetry

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History and Etymology for maladive

Middle French maladif, from Old French, from malade sick + -if -ive

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“Maladive.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 9 December 2019.

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