Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

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

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  • n. A poor or faulty adjustment, especially of a mechanism
  • n. The inability to adjust oneself to the needs of others, or to the stresses of normal life

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A bad adjustment.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A faulty adjustment; lack of adjustment.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. the condition of being unable to adapt properly to your environment with resulting emotional instability

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Examples

  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • This kind of maladjustment is almost never seen as a problem, while it lasts.

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  • This, then, was the difficulty, this sweet dessert in the morning and the assumption that the sheltered, educated girl has nothing to do with the bitter poverty and the social maladjustment which is all about her, and which, after all, cannot be concealed, for it breaks through poetry and literature in a burning tide which overwhelms her; it peers at her in the form of heavy-laden market women and underpaid street laborers, gibing her with a sense of her uselessness.

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  • "maladjustment" attempt to change a individual so that he or she can function and adapt to society.

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  • Colour me a nostalgic fool, but that first Sugababes record almost makes up for an entire adolescence of monobrowed maladjustment.

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  • By 11:00, however, I was a complete wreck, having moved from our bedroom to the library for cooler pastures and a darkness that I hoped would keep my mental maladjustment at bay.

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  • But this is only a temporary period of maladjustment....

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  • King said, "the saving of our world will come, not through the complacent adjustment of a conforming majority, but through the creative maladjustment of a nonconforming minority."

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