Definition of ill-adjusted in English:



  • (of a person) mentally and emotionally unstable.

    ‘ill-adjusted parents’
    • ‘There was seldom a moment in my otherwise ill-adjusted childhood during which I didn't think I was someone else.’
    • ‘Far from ill-adjusted, he was later reported to have worked with his partner, Edmonds, for eleven years "without a word of disagreement".’
    • ‘Ill-adjusted individuals can often find, in cyberspace, the illusion of validation and attention that might elude them in the real world.’
    • ‘Science fiction books and fantasy novels are read by people ill-adjusted to reality.’
    • ‘The teachers and parents appeared to be in close agreement as to who the ill-adjusted children were.’
    disturbed, unstable, neurotic, alienated, muddled, confused, unbalanced
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