[ mal-uh-dap-tiv ]
/ ˌmæl əˈdæp tɪv /
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of, relating to, or characterized by maladaptation or incomplete, inadequate, or faulty adaptation: The maladaptive behavior of isolated children was difficult to change.
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How to use maladaptive in a sentence
They are caused neither by genetics nor by negative or maladaptive thoughts.How colonialism and capitalism helped place a stigma on mental illness|Balaji Ravichandran|February 12, 2021|Washington Post
Humans can also respond to perceived threats in maladaptive ways that decrease our well-being and even jeopardize survival.
British Dictionary definitions for maladaptive
/ (ˌmæləˈdæptɪv) /
unsuitably adapted or adapting poorly to (a situation, purpose, etc)
not encouraging adaptation
Derived forms of maladaptivemaladapted, adjectivemaladaptively, adverb
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