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[mal-uh-juhs-tid] /ˌmæl əˈdʒʌs tɪd/
badly or unsatisfactorily adjusted, especially in relationship to one's social circumstances, environment, etc.
Origin of maladjusted
1880-85; mal- + adjusted Unabridged
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Examples from the web for maladjusted
  • What they showed was that macaque females raised in social isolation were maladjusted as mothers.
  • Companies may even lose business as a result of the actions of culturally maladjusted employees.
  • Hill's stability that made him so fascinated with maladjusted types.
  • The findings contradict the notion of the school bully as maladjusted or aggressive by nature.
  • Neither these dogs nor their owners should have to leave in fear of some maladjusted mutt with an equally maladjusted owner.
  • The main goal of the unit was to simulate normal life and convert maladjusted children into normal citizens.
  • The brake system may be damaged or maladjusted and may not have sufficient capacity for downgrade control.
British Dictionary definitions for maladjusted


(psychol) suffering from maladjustment
badly adjusted
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Word Origin and History for maladjusted

1846, from mal- + adjusted (see adjust).

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maladjusted in Medicine

maladjusted mal·ad·just·ed (māl'ə-jus'tĭd)
Inadequately adjusted to the demands or stresses of daily living.

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