View synonyms for adjourned


[ uh-jurnd ]


  1. (of a club or committee meeting, legislative or court session, etc.)
    1. formally ended or closed:

      This July will see a reopening of the adjourned inquest, in light of subsequent collisions involving similar transport trucks.

    2. suspended or stopped for the time being, to be resumed at a future time or another place:

      In the case of an adjourned hearing, persons who were already heard do not need to be notified of the time of the hearing’s resumption.

    3. being the continuation of such a previously suspended meeting:

      According to the bylaws, the adjourned meeting must be held at least 10 days after the original meeting.

  2. postponed or held over to a future occasion, a future specified or unspecified time, etc.:

    He told an anecdote from the 15th Chess Olympiad, about an adjourned game between Fischer and Botvinnik.


  1. the simple past tense and past participle of adjourn.

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  • un·ad·journed adjective

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Word History and Origins

Origin of adjourned1

First recorded in 1530–40; adjourn ( def ) + -ed 2( def ) for the adjective senses; adjourn ( def ) + -ed 1( def ) for the verb sense

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Example Sentences

The current plan is to adjourn the regular session early on Monday, complete some necessary procedural tasks, and then convene in special session on Wednesday, according to Democratic leaders.

Soon, the Senate was sealed off and the session was adjourned.

That year, Congress ended its session for the year and adjourned on Sept. 1.

With the Senate already adjourned, the bill will not be addressed until the fall.

The opening session was procedural and the trial was adjourned until June 19.

Court adjourned just before 3pm, with Nel signing off with a warning to Pistorius that he “was not going away.”

Due to a South African public holiday on Friday, court was adjourned early and will resume on Monday, 24 March at 3:30am ET.

When his lordship retired early, as was his custom, the other men adjourned once more to the billiard-room.

The trip was long, difficult and dangerous, and to their dismay, the Assembly had already adjourned before they arrived.

Immediately after the division, the house adjourned for the Christmas holidays, till the 17th of January.

This suggestion was adopted; and the discussion was adjourned until the 11th of August.

On the following day both houses of parliament adjourned to the 16th of January.


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