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nonadaptive

(ˌnɒnəˈdæptɪv)
adj
(Biology) biology (of an organism) not able to adapt to the environment
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Adj.1.nonadaptive - (of a trait or condition) failing to serve an adjustive purpose; "dysfunctional behavior"
maladaptive - showing faulty adaptation
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Moreover, as participant Carl Anderson noted, self-organized systems can respond nonadaptively to environmental conditions, as for example, when ants develop group circling behaviors instead of effective foraging patterns.
However, asymmetrical nodulation compatibility could also evolve nonadaptively, as a consequence of divergence in geographically isolated populations of hosts and symbionts.
One might also expect the safety factors of long bones in the walking legs of large-bodied vertebrates to decline nonadaptively with increasing body size, because of an unavoidable tradeoff between the mechanically necessary allometric increases in cross-sectional area required to support a greater body mass and the increased cost of producing and transporting heavier skeletal elements (Schmidt-Nielsen, 1984).