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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
First recorded in 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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  • It had been forced upon him; it was an adjustment to circumstances, the wisest wisdom.

    Clara Hopgood Mark Rutherford
  • We saw the current swing him forward, and the little beast's adjustment to it.

    Child and Country Will Levington Comfort
  • The adjustment of the relations of the two races must take place here; and it is taking place slowly, but surely.

    The Future of the American Negro Booker T. Washington
  • This valve is entirely automatic and requires no adjustment.

  • Unlike the industrial workers, he is unable to demand an adjustment of his income to the changed index of living.

    Herbert Hoover Vernon Kellogg
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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