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

Definition of maladjustment

: poor, faulty, or inadequate adjustment

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Examples of maladjustment in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web 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, "Read the full transcript of the Helsinki press conference," 16 July 2018 Waller-Bridge is concerned with a particularly feminine kind of maladjustment. Julia Felsenthal, Vogue, "For Sandra Oh, Killing Eve Was a Very Long Time Coming," 5 Apr. 2018 But their maladjustment puts students under the immediate threat of gunfire and continues desensitizing them to injustice. Andre Perry, The Root, "The Civil War May Be Settled, but the Fight to Remove Confederate Symbols Rages On," 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 2 Jul. 2020.

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

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