Definition of maladaptive in English:

maladaptive

adjective

technical
  • Not adjusting adequately or appropriately to the environment or situation.

    ‘maladaptive coping strategies such as increasing consumption of alcohol’
    • ‘The cycle of success and the maladaptive cycle are one behavioral system’
    • ‘They also describe ways of cultivating positive and agentic feelings and modifying maladaptive interpersonal patterns of expression.’
    • ‘Indeed, some traits are simply maladaptive, leading to costs for individual members of the species.’
    • ‘Therapists help identify these maladaptive behaviors and how to counteract them.’
    • ‘This may affect their psychosocial stability, furthering firesetting tendencies and other maladaptive behaviors.’

Pronunciation:

maladaptive

/ˌmaləˈdaptɪv/