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

Examples of maladjusted in a Sentence

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Word History

First Known Use

1838, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of maladjusted was in 1838

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“Maladjusted.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 May. 2024.

Kids Definition


mal·​ad·​just·​ed ˌmal-ə-ˈjəs-təd How to pronounce maladjusted (audio)
: not well adjusted especially to one's environment
socially maladjusted persons

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