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[mal-ad-uh p-tey-shuh n]
  1. incomplete, inadequate, or faulty adaptation.
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Origin of maladaptation

First recorded in 1875–80; mal- + adaptation
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Examples from the Web for maladaptation

Historical Examples

  • For nothing can be clearer than that Nature is full of cruelty and maladaptation.

    The Idea of God as Affected by Modern Knowledge

    John Fiske

  • Out of that maladaptation and the discontent and rebellion will arise her neurosis.

    The Nervous Housewife

    Abraham Myerson

Word Origin and History for maladaptation


1829, from mal- + adaptation.

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