bad or unsatisfactory adjustment.
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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.
Now if it be admitted that such maladjustment is possible, the balance can only lean one way.
The maladies and defects which we detect in modern industry are but the measure of a present maladjustment.
British Dictionary definitions for maladjustment
psychol a failure to meet the demands of society, such as coping with problems and social relationships: usually reflected in emotional instability
faulty or bad adjustment
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Cultural definitions for 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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