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adjustable

[uh-juhs-tuh-buh l] /əˈdʒʌs tə bəl/
adjective
1.
capable of being adjusted:
adjustable seat belts.
2.
(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.
3.
(especially of life insurance) having flexible premiums and coverage, based on the insuree's current needs and ability to pay.
noun
4.
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
1765-1775
1765-75; adjust + -able
Related forms
adjustably, adverb
nonadjustable, adjective
nonadjustably, adverb
preadjustable, adjective
unadjustable, adjective
unadjustably, adverb
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Word Origin and History for adjustably

adjustable

adj.

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

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