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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 of maladaptive
1930-1935
1930-35; mal- + adaptive
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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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