mal·​ad·​just·​ment | \ ˌma-lə-ˈjəs(t)-mənt How to pronounce maladjustment (audio) \

Definition of maladjustment

: poor, faulty, or inadequate adjustment

Examples of maladjustment in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Some people have made news for their tremendously bad and rude behavior in public spaces, which signals a kind of sad maladjustment to living with other people. Tess Taylor, CNN, 3 June 2021 The results showed once again that early academic acceleration did not predict later maladjustment. Susan Pinker, WSJ, 17 Sep. 2020 Those include a dangerous maladjustment of mechanisms for maintaining international security and stability, regional crises, the creeping threat of terrorism and transnational crime. Jennie Neufeld, Vox, 16 July 2018 Waller-Bridge is concerned with a particularly feminine kind of maladjustment. Julia Felsenthal, Vogue, 5 Apr. 2018 But their maladjustment puts students under the immediate threat of gunfire and continues desensitizing them to injustice. Andre Perry, The Root, 9 May 2017

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First Known Use of maladjustment

1833, in the meaning defined above

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“Maladjustment.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 Aug. 2022.

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mal·​ad·​just·​ment | \ ˌmal-ə-ˈjəs(t)-mənt How to pronounce maladjustment (audio) \

Medical Definition of maladjustment

: poor, faulty, or inadequate adjustment especially : failure to reach a satisfactory adjustment between one's desires and the conditions of one's life emotional maladjustments symptoms of maladjustment … in early childhood Psychological Abstracts

Other Words from maladjustment

maladjusted \ -​əd How to pronounce maladjustment (audio) \ adjective
maladjustive \ -​iv How to pronounce maladjustment (audio) \ adjective


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