maladaptation
noun Date: 1877 poor or inadequate adaptation

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  • maladaptation — [mal΄ad əp tā′shən] n. inadequate or faulty adaptation maladaptive [mal΄ə dap′tiv] adj …   English World dictionary

  • Maladaptation — A maladaptation is a trait that is (or has become) more harmful than helpful. It is a term used when discussing both humans and animals in fields such as evolutionary biology, biology, psychology (where it applies to behaviors and other learned… …   Wikipedia

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  • maladaptation — |mal+ noun Etymology: mal (I) + adaptation : poor or inadequate adaptation a secular, urban civilization … exposing the individuals to many more shocks and rebuffs, and to frequent feelings of maladaptation Social Thought From Lore To Science …   Useful english dictionary

  • maladaptation — /mal ad euhp tay sheuhn/, n. incomplete, inadequate, or faulty adaptation. [1875 80; MAL + ADAPTATION] * * * …   Universalium

  • maladaptation — noun The state of being poorly adapted to an environment See Also: maladapt …   Wiktionary

  • maladaptation — mæl ædÉ™p teɪʃn n. maladjustment, poor adaptation …   English contemporary dictionary

  • maladaptation — mal·adaptation …   English syllables

  • maladaptation — mal•ad•ap•ta•tion [[t]ˌmæl æd əpˈteɪ ʃən[/t]] n. incomplete, inadequate, or faulty adaptation • Etymology: 1875–80 mal a•dap′tive əˈdæp tɪv adj …   From formal English to slang

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