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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.
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 adjustments
  • Many content adjustments and customer service improvements are made based on the data derived from cookies.
  • Galliano then worked through the night, fitting models and making final adjustments to their clothes.
  • And the government set up an independent body of inspectors to track the results and enable adjustments based on the data.
  • If you make some adjustments for these, the cost of the plan is much higher.
  • We believe these adjustments will result in a stronger, more resilient company.
  • He be- gins to make slight adjustments to the music.
  • Meanwhile, if animals have had to make adjustments to live with people, the reverse is also the case.
  • Yet they did reveal their preferences-what must have seemed to them difficult adjustments.
  • With automatic adjustments, all you have to do is sit.
  • We had a costumer on the set at all times, ready to make adjustments for every take.
British Dictionary definitions for adjustments


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 adjustments



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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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