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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
First recorded in 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. 2018.
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  • adjustable extensions on the speakers brought the sound to the bone of the skull.

    Join Our Gang? Sterling E. Lanier
  • The protractor has a graduated disk, and is adjustable so it can be disposed at any angle.

  • This indicates that it is adjustable to any tongue, and performable in any tongue.

  • Its position is adjustable by means of a rack and a draw-tube.

    How it Works Archibald Williams
  • The float should be so arranged that it is adjustable with reference to the lever that it contacts with.

    Motors James Slough Zerbe
Word Origin and History for adjustable

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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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