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Definition of "maladjustment" [mal•ad•just•ment]

  • Faulty or inadequate adjustment, as in a machine. (noun)
  • Inability to adjust to the demands of interpersonal relationships and the stresses of daily living. (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "maladjustment" in a sentence
  • "From the view of neuronomy it is therefore to classify, although not as acutely dangerous, at least as very precarious that a wider and wider spreading audio transmission technology for data reduction just systematically removes those spectral sound portions at the auditory threshold, on those normally the hearing processor fields of our brain decide whether they shall be perceived or filtered out, because so the signal for their self calibration is missing, whereby at longer term a maladjustment of the hearing processor fields can threaten."
  • "If the social maladjustment which is undoubtedly the cause of the bulk of modern poverty were done away with, it is safe to say that it would be reduced to less than one third of its present dimensions."
  • "The characters in this movie suffer from a different kind of maladjustment than the strictly psychological that we see in other movies on the Iraq war."