Meaning of “maladjusted” in the English Dictionary

"maladjusted" in British English

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uk /ˌmæl.əˈdʒʌs.tɪd/ us /ˌmæl.əˈdʒʌs.tɪd/

A maladjusted person, usually a child, has been raised in a way that does not prepare them well for the demands of life, which often leads to problems with behaviour in the future:

a residential school for disturbed and maladjusted children
noun [ U ] uk /ˌmæl.əˈdʒʌst.mənt/ us /ˌmæl.əˈdʒʌst.mənt/

antisocial behaviour and other signs of maladjustment

(Definition of “maladjusted” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)