maladjustment

[ mal-uh-juhst-muhnt ]
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noun
  1. bad or unsatisfactory adjustment.

Origin of maladjustment

1
First recorded in 1825–35; mal- + adjustment

Words Nearby maladjustment

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How to use maladjustment in a sentence

  • It was in those days that I first became critical of my life and burdened with a sense of error and maladjustment.

    Tono Bungay | H. G. Wells
  • Few people are really lazy, he thought: what we call laziness is merely maladjustment.

    Where the Blue Begins | Christopher Morley
  • Nor is there any à priori reason why there should not be from time to time such general maladjustment.

    The Evolution of Modern Capitalism | John Atkinson Hobson
  • Now if it be admitted that such maladjustment is possible, the balance can only lean one way.

    The Evolution of Modern Capitalism | John Atkinson Hobson
  • The maladies and defects which we detect in modern industry are but the measure of a present maladjustment.

    The Evolution of Modern Capitalism | John Atkinson Hobson

British Dictionary definitions for maladjustment

maladjustment

/ (ˌmæləˈdʒʌstmənt) /


noun
  1. psychol a failure to meet the demands of society, such as coping with problems and social relationships: usually reflected in emotional instability

  2. faulty or bad adjustment

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Cultural definitions for maladjustment

maladjustment

Inability to react successfully and satisfactorily to the demands of one's environment. Though the term applies to a wide range of biological and social conditions, it often implies an individual's failure to meet social or cultural expectations. In psychology, the term generally refers to unsatisfactory behavior patterns that cause anxiety and require psychotherapy.

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