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adjustment

[uh-juhst-muh nt] /əˈdʒʌst mənt/
noun
1.
the act of adjusting; adaptation to a particular condition, position, or purpose.
2.
the state of being adjusted; orderly relation of parts or elements.
3.
a device, as a knob or lever, for adjusting:
the adjustments on a television set.
4.
the act of bringing something into conformity with external requirements:
the adjustment of one's view of reality.
5.
harmony achieved by modification or change of a position:
They worked out an adjustment of their conflicting ideas.
6.
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.
7.
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.
8.
a settlement of a disputed account or claim.
9.
a change or concession, as in price or other terms, in view of minor defect or the like.
Origin of adjustment
1635-1645
First recorded in 1635-45; adjust + -ment
Related forms
adjustmental
[uh-juhst-men-tl] /ə dʒʌstˈmɛn tl/ (Show IPA),
adjective
misadjustment, noun
nonadjustment, noun
overadjustment, noun
preadjustment, noun
underadjustment, noun
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Examples from the Web for adjustment
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  • The adjustment is to be accomplished entirely by the poise of the body.

    The Forest Stewart Edward White
  • "The recorder here was out of adjustment, sir," he said simply.

    Cap'n Eri Joseph Crosby Lincoln
  • But it's not adjustment to me; so I'm afraid I shall have some intelligence in this matter.

    The Book of the Damned Charles Fort
  • adjustment every moment demands the relation of the brain in both directions.

    Psychotherapy Hugo Mnsterberg
  • That adjustment is only perfect for light of one wave-length.

    On Laboratory Arts Richard Threlfall
British Dictionary definitions for adjustment

adjustment

/əˈdʒʌstmənt/
noun
1.
the act of adjusting or state of being adjusted
2.
a control for regulating: the adjustment for volume is beside the speaker
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Word Origin and History for adjustment
n.

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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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