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[uh-juhs-tid] /əˈdʒʌs tɪd/
arranged or fitted properly:
Properly adjusted shelving will accommodate books of various heights.
adapted to surroundings or circumstances (often used in combination):
a well-adjusted child.
Origin of adjusted
First recorded in 1665-75; adjust + -ed2
Related forms
misadjusted, adjective
quasi-adjusted, adjective
unadjusted, adjective
well-adjusted, adjective Unabridged
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  • They consist in a well-adjusted proportion between the sizes of the head, thorax, and abdomen.

    Beauty Alexander Walker
  • Equilibrium results from that well-adjusted opposition of forces.

    How France Built Her Cathedrals Elizabeth Boyle O'Reilly
  • Hunter was too well-adjusted to become emotionally involved in it himself.

    The Cartels Jungle Irving E. Cox, Jr.
  • You were rescued, and came out of your suit as well-adjusted, as balanced as you'd gone in.

    The Giants From Outer Space Geoff St. Reynard
  • Because if the Plumies were hostile, a well-adjusted, normal man would never think as much like them as a Taine.

    The Aliens Murray Leinster
British Dictionary definitions for well-adjusted


adjective (well adjusted when postpositive)
mentally and emotionally stable
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for well-adjusted

1735, in reference to mechanisms, etc., from well (adv.) + past participle of adjust. In reference to emotional balance, recorded from 1959.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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