Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • adjective Marked by faulty or inadequate adaptation.
  • adjective Not assisting or promoting adaptation.

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  • adjective Showing inadequate or faulty adaptation to a new situation

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  • adjective showing faulty adaptation

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Examples

  • Anecdotally we found no supporting evidence in the literature, some pain theorists view swearing as a sign of ‘pain-related catastrophising’, which may be defined as a maladaptive response in which negative and unhelpful thoughts and ideas are brought to bear when pain is experienced.

    Oh $#*%! Cursing can reduce pain perception

  • Anecdotally (we found no supporting evidence in the literature), some pain theorists view swearing as a sign of ‘pain-related catastrophising’, which may be defined as a maladaptive response in which negative and unhelpful thoughts and ideas are brought to bear when pain is experienced.

    Oh $#*%! Cursing can reduce pain perception

  • An article on Lesswrong. com attempts to tease apart the varying perspectives that lead to conflict over whether or not various behaviors should be classified as maladaptive, and whether medical intervention is a desirable means of solving problematic behavior.

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  • This kind of maladaptive feature would be hard to explain if we had been designed by an all-wise creator, but it is to be expected if structures change their functions in the course of evolution.

    Tangled innards of a snail or how we know the intelligent designer was a klutz

  • This kind of maladaptive feature would be hard to explain if we had been designed by an all-wise creator, but it is to be expected if structures change their functions in the course of evolution.

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  • And they say their study clearly suggests too much Internet use could be linked to "maladaptive" behaviors.

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  • And they say their study clearly suggests too much Internet use could be linked to "maladaptive" behaviors.

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  • And they say their study clearly suggests too much Internet use could be linked to "maladaptive" behaviors.

    Medlogs - Recent stories

  • And they say their study clearly suggests too much Internet use could be linked to "maladaptive" behaviors.

    Medlogs - Recent stories

  • And they say their study clearly suggests too much Internet use could be linked to "maladaptive" behaviors.

    Medlogs - Recent stories

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