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[uh-juhs-tuh-buh l] /əˈdʒʌs tə bəl/
capable of being adjusted:
adjustable seat belts.
(of loans, mortgages, etc.) having a flexible rate, as one based on money market interest rates or on the rate of inflation or cost of living.
(especially of life insurance) having flexible premiums and coverage, based on the insuree's current needs and ability to pay.
any rate, expense, income, etc., that varies unpredictably:
Luckily, his chief income is not made up of adjustables. Allow some money in your budget for the adjustables.
Origin of adjustable
1765-75; adjust + -able
Related forms
adjustably, adverb
nonadjustable, adjective
nonadjustably, adverb
preadjustable, adjective
unadjustable, adjective
unadjustably, adverb Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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Examples from the web for adjustable
  • The stand's second great feature is its adjustable top.
  • To create your own instant workspace anywhere, put a flat birch hollow-core door atop two adjustable sawhorses.
  • When the square feet aren't adjustable, make sure your furniture and fixtures are.
  • Of the robust cast of often-cited villains in the financial crisis, few have become as hated as the adjustable-rate mortgage.
  • adjustable rate loans were the primary drivers of default, while these loans are fixed.
  • We expected that foreclosures would be driven by resetting adjustable rate mortgages, ie higher payments.
  • Laptops have an adjustable screen that allows users to change the viewing angle.
  • For some, it will be replaced by adjustable rate products.
  • Some were even crazier than the standard adjustable-rate mortgages.
  • If one has an adjustable mortgage, etc those monthly payments could go up.
Word Origin and History for adjustable

1775, from adjust + -able. Related: Adjustably; adjustability.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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