mal·​ad·​just·​ed | \ ˌma-lə-ˈjə-stəd How to pronounce maladjusted (audio) \

Definition of maladjusted

: poorly or inadequately adjusted specifically : lacking harmony with one's environment from failure to adjust one's desires to the conditions of one's life

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Recent Examples on the Web So what lies ahead for the most maladjusted characters in the entire TGIT lineup? Maureen Lee Lenker,, "How to Get Away With Murder," 25 Sep. 2019 The maladjusted lothario also has many a dalliance with a particular strain of misogyny: the cutting and manipulative digs at past lovers that some of the rapper’s fans rush to freebase. Hannah Giorgis, The Atlantic, "The Cathartic Symphony of Future’s Beast Mode 2," 6 July 2018 What kind of maladjusted narcissist thinks being credited with a $3.1 billion fortune is unfair? Adam K. Raymond, Daily Intelligencer, "Is Trump Lashing Out Because He Got Bumped 92 Spots on Forbes’s Rich List?," 18 Oct. 2017 Brie Larson plays the adult Jeannette and does a compelling job in conveying a woman torn between her disturbing, maladjusted childhood and her independent life as a successful magazine writer in New York City., "Column: Hard to see novel truth in ‘The Glass Castle’," 6 Sep. 2017 She has been dinged up a few times: a red chest from a maladjusted pack and a thorn in her foot pad. Ned Rozell, Alaska Dispatch News, "On an Alaska adventure, a good dog can make all the difference," 22 July 2017 Alongside the traditional sheet music and socially maladjusted students are electronic keyboards, mixing software, and MIDI files. Wired Staff, WIRED, "At the School of the Future, Everyone’s in AV Club," 1 Nov. 2004

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First Known Use of maladjusted

1838, in the meaning defined above

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“Maladjusted.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 9 May. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of maladjusted

: not able to deal with other people in a normal or healthy way


mal·​ad·​just·​ed | \ ˌma-lə-ˈjə-stəd How to pronounce maladjusted (audio) \

Kids Definition of maladjusted

: not able to deal with other people in a normal or healthy way a maladjusted person

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