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maladaptive

[mal-uh-dap-tiv] /ˌmæl əˈdæp tɪv/
adjective
1.
of, relating to, or characterized by maladaptation or incomplete, inadequate, or faulty adaptation:
The maladaptive behavior of isolated children was difficult to change.
Origin
1930-1935
1930-35; mal- + adaptive
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Examples from the web for maladaptive
  • As part of its capacity for achievement, it must also be able to exercise control that stops maladaptive behavior.
  • It certainly is physically maladaptive in current times without significant cultural enhancement.
  • We all have to work harder at certain things or try to rein in our maladaptive behaviors when necessary.
  • Evolution has given us instinctual responses that are maladaptive in our present context.
  • First of all, thick subcutaneous fat is maladaptive in an arid environment but highly adaptive in a coastal marine environment.
  • Truly, truly maladaptive, as it only makes for more isolation.
  • Such behavior is capriciously dismissed with the explanation that it is maladaptive, and therefore has simply failed to evolve.
British Dictionary definitions for maladaptive

maladaptive

/ˌmæləˈdæptɪv/
adjective
1.
unsuitably adapted or adapting poorly to (a situation, purpose, etc)
2.
not encouraging adaptation
Derived Forms
maladapted, adjective
maladaptively, adverb
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Word Origin and History for maladaptive
adj.

1912, from mal- + adaptive (see adapt).

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