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maladjustment

mal·ad·just·ment

maladjustment

 
pronunciation:
mae l juhst mnt
part of speech: noun
definition 1: faulty or unsatisfactory adjustment.
Maladjustment of the car seat can cause the child to be unprotected.
definition 2: an inability to bring one's own needs into harmony with the demands of the external environment.
The guidance counselor regarded the girl's habit of falling asleep in class as a sign of maladjustment.