maladjustment

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

Origin:
1825–35; mal- + adjustment

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maladjustment (ˌmæləˈdʒʌstmənt)
 
n
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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maladjustment
1833, from mal- + adjustment (see adjust).
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maladjustment mal·ad·just·ment (māl'ə-jŭst'mənt)
n.

  1. Faulty or inadequate adjustment.

  2. Inability to adjust to the demands of interpersonal relationships and the stresses of daily living.

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maladjustment definition


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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Example sentences
They arise largely from the fact that the war itself was a manifestation of a
  larger maladjustment.
Their maladjustment to poverty and the broken homes of their childhood results
  in stealing and serious crime as a way of life.
It sought to reduce a heinous act to social maladjustment.
Although they may have stemmed from personal maladjustment, they were central
  to his conduct as a politician.
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