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[uh-juhs-tuh-buh l]
  1. capable of being adjusted: adjustable seat belts.
  2. (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.
  3. (especially of life insurance) having flexible premiums and coverage, based on the insuree's current needs and ability to pay.
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  1. 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.
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Origin of adjustable

First recorded in 1765–75; adjust + -able
Related formsad·just·a·bly, adverbnon·ad·just·a·ble, adjectivenon·ad·just·a·bly, adverbpre·ad·just·a·ble, adjectiveun·ad·just·a·ble, adjectiveun·ad·just·a·bly, adverb
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Examples from the Web for non-adjustable

Historical Examples of non-adjustable

  • The assembled armature, tapper rod, and tapper are all riveted together and are non-adjustable.

    Cyclopedia of Telephony & Telegraphy Vol. 1

    Kempster Miller

  • Neither of these schemes is practicable, and hence the reverse series generator may be considered as a "non-adjustable" machine.

Word Origin and History for non-adjustable



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

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