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  1. arranged or fitted properly: Properly adjusted shelving will accommodate books of various heights.
  2. adapted to surroundings or circumstances (often used in combination): a well-adjusted child.

Origin of adjusted

First recorded in 1665–75; adjust + -ed2
Related formsmis·ad·just·ed, adjectivequa·si-ad·just·ed, adjectiveun·ad·just·ed, adjectivewell-ad·just·ed, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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adjective (well adjusted when postpositive)
  1. mentally and emotionally stable
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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.

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