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maladjusted (psychology)

Definition:

poorly adjusted to demands and stresses of daily living

Class:

adjective (modifies a noun)

Comparative:

more maladjusted

Superlative:

most maladjusted

Similar to:

unadapted

Original source:

Princeton WordNet

Usage example:

a maladjusted child

Etymology:

"mal-" + adjusted.
(Source: Online Etymology)  [more]

All senses of maladjusted...

Definition references

Collins Dictionary:

maladjusted

[psychology] suffering from maladjustment | badly adjusted (6 of 331 words, 2 definitions, 7 usage examples, pronunciation)

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/maladjusted

Cambridge Dictionary:

maladjusted | maladjustment [noun, derived]

describes a person, usually a child, who has been raised in a way that does not prepare them well for the demands of life, which often leads to ... (28 of 57 words, 2 usage examples, pronunciations)

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/maladjusted

Oxford Dictionary:

maladjusted | maladjustment [derived]

failing to cope with the demands of a normal social environment (11 of 54 words, 2 usage examples, pronunciation)

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/english​/maladjusted

Merriam-Webster:

maladjusted

poorly or inadequately adjusted ; specifically, lacking harmony with one's environment from failure to adjust one's desires to the conditions of one's ... (22 of 45 words, pronunciation)

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/maladjusted

Macmillan British Dictionary:

maladjusted

unable to deal with ordinary social situations or relationships (9 of 32 words, pronunciation)

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/british​/maladjusted

New World Dictionary:

maladjusted | maladjustment [noun, related]

poorly adjusted, especially to the environment; specifically, unable to adjust properly to the stresses, etc. of daily life (18 of 23 words, pronunciation)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/maladjusted

American Heritage Dictionary:

maladjusted

Poorly adjusted | Inadequately adjusted to the demands or stresses of daily living. (12 of 18 words, 2 definitions, 1 usage example, pronunciation)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/maladjusted

Random House Dictionary:

maladjusted

badly or unsatisfactorily adjusted, especially in relationship to one's social circumstances, environment, etc. (13 of 18 words, pronunciation)

dictionary​.infoplease​.com​/maladjusted

Wiktionary:

maladjusted

Badly adjusted to the demands and stresses of daily living; unable to cope. (13 of 14 words)

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/maladjusted

Encarta Dictionary:

maladjusted | maladjustment [noun, derived]

unable to cope with everyday social situations and personal relationships (10 of 25 words, pronunciation)

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861627961​/definition​.html  [offline]

Etymology reference

Online Etymology:

maladjusted

First use: 1886

Origin: "mal-" + adjusted.

www​.etymonline​.com​/index​.php term=maladjusted

mal-

Origin: prefix meaning "bad, badly, ill", from French, from Old French mal "evil, ill, wrong, wrongly", from Latin male (adverb) "badly", or ... (21 of 54 etymology words)

www​.etymonline​.com​/index​.php term=mal-

adjust

First use: late 14th century

Origin: ajusten, reborrowed by about 1600, "arrange, settle, compose", from Middle French adjuster, from Old French ajouter "to join" ... (21 of 82 etymology words)

www​.etymonline​.com​/index​.php term=adjust

Audio references

Collins Dictionary:

maladjusted

Audio: British English pronunciation of "maladjusted"

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/maladjusted

Cambridge Dictionary:

maladjusted

Audio 1: British English pronunuciation of "maladjusted"

Audio 2: North American English pronunuciation of "maladjusted"

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/maladjusted

Macmillan British Dictionary:

maladjusted

Audio: British English pronunciation of "maladjusted"

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/british​/maladjusted

Macmillan American Dictionary:

maladjusted

Audio: North American pronunciation of "maladjusted"

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/american​/maladjusted

the Free Dictionary:

maladjusted

Audio 1: North American English pronunciation of "maladjusted"

Audio 2: British English pronunciation of "maladjusted"

Audio 3: North American English pronunciation of "maladjusted" by speech synthesizer

www​.thefreedictionary​.com​/maladjusted

Google Dictionary:

maladjusted

Audio: English pronunciation of "maladjusted"

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Merriam-Webster Pronunciation:

maladjusted

Audio: North American pronunciation of "maladjusted"

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/audio​.php file=maladj​01 word=maladjusted

YourDictionary Audio:

maladjusted

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "maladjusted" by speech synthesizer

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/maladjusted

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