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[uh-juhst-muh nt] /əˈdʒʌst mənt/
the act of adjusting; adaptation to a particular condition, position, or purpose.
the state of being adjusted; orderly relation of parts or elements.
a device, as a knob or lever, for adjusting:
the adjustments on a television set.
the act of bringing something into conformity with external requirements:
the adjustment of one's view of reality.
harmony achieved by modification or change of a position:
They worked out an adjustment of their conflicting ideas.
Sociology. a process of modifying, adapting, or altering individual or collective patterns of behavior so as to bring them into conformity with other such patterns, as with those provided by a cultural environment.
Insurance. the act of ascertaining the amount of indemnity that the party insured is entitled to receive under the policy, and of settling the claim.
a settlement of a disputed account or claim.
a change or concession, as in price or other terms, in view of minor defect or the like.
Origin of adjustment
1635-45; adjust + -ment
Related forms
[uh-juhst-men-tl] /ə dʒʌstˈmɛn tl/ (Show IPA),
misadjustment, noun
nonadjustment, noun
overadjustment, noun
preadjustment, noun
underadjustment, noun Unabridged
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Examples from the web for adjustment
  • Payment adjustment information will be posted to this page.
  • However, when a threshold-the point at which change may occur-is reached adjustment takes place.
  • Make any final adjustment to fit the design over the form and sew up the neckline.
  • The flexible, ratchet-lock strap allows for quick adjustment.
  • They easily adjust to any size needed and do not stretch from the adjustment.
  • Every adjustment to the thermostat, however, can have unseen consequences.
  • One thing is that the instructions do not tell you how to use the tide and moon phase adjustment functions.
  • The big hood requires some adjustment depending on what you are using it for.
  • It's an adjustment that could make a big difference in how efficiently the car will move.
  • Magnifying their difficulties will not take them off our hands nor facilitate their adjustment.
British Dictionary definitions for adjustment


the act of adjusting or state of being adjusted
a control for regulating: the adjustment for volume is beside the speaker
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for adjustment

1640s, from French ajustement or else a native formation from adjust (v.) + -ment.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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