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maladaptive

Line breaks: mal|adap¦tive
Pronunciation: /ˌmaləˈdaptɪv
 
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Definition of maladaptive in English:

adjective

technical
Not adjusting adequately or appropriately to the environment or situation: maladaptive coping strategies such as increasing consumption of alcohol
More example sentences
  • They also describe ways of cultivating positive and agentic feelings and modifying maladaptive interpersonal patterns of expression.
  • The cycle of success and the maladaptive cycle are one behavioral system
  • Therapists help identify these maladaptive behaviors and how to counteract them.

Derivatives

maladaptation

1
Pronunciation: /malədapˈteɪʃ(ə)n/
noun
Example sentences
  • Despite her present weight of 25.4 kg and height of 136.5 cm, no psychosocial maladaptations have been reported.
  • Carl Zimmer links to a paper on maladaptation, and briefly discusses the deficiencies in the ‘design’ of the eye.
  • The manipulations of the malaria parasite are remarkable adaptations, but the appendix is, to a great extent, an maladaptation.

maladapted

2
adjective
Example sentences
  • The former says that we are maladapted to our social conditions - evolution hasn't caught up yet.
  • The rising prevalence of obesity is a sign of just how maladapted we are to modern life.
  • Prior weightings cannot determine current ones, since the former may be maladapted to the new situation.

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