ad·​journ·​ment | \ ə-ˈjərn-mənt How to pronounce adjournment (audio) \

Definition of adjournment

1 : the act of adjourning adjournment of a meeting
2 : the state or interval of being adjourned a brief adjournment

Examples of adjournment in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Lawmakers took a temporary adjournment during the 2020 session because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Derek Draplin, Washington Examiner, "Colorado Gov. Jared Polis calls for special session on COVID-19 relief," 18 Nov. 2020 Zuma left the hearing during an adjournment on Thursday without requesting Deputy Chief Justice Raymond Zondo’s permission. Michael Cohen,, "Zuma Abandons Graft Probe to Defy Judge Who Wouldn’t Quit," 19 Nov. 2020 The adjournment of the Senate also means that Americans are unlikely to see another direct payment of $1,200 ahead in the near future. Grace Segers, CBS News, "Senate adjourns, shutting down prospects for passing COVID relief bill ahead of election," 27 Oct. 2020 Harry kept doing Harry stuff, including keeping the Senate in session weeks past the scheduled adjournment for the holidays. Barack Obama, The New Yorker, "A President Looks Back on His Toughest Fight," 26 Oct. 2020 Congress will ultimately have to return in a lame-duck session, the period between Election Day and the chamber’s adjournment at the end of the year, and approve the annual must-pass legislation needed to fund the government. Emily Cochrane, New York Times, "House Approves Short-Term Bill to Avoid a Shutdown," 22 Sep. 2020 Mark Summers, a lawyer representing Mr. Assange, on Monday asked the court for an adjournment until January to give the defense time to answer fresh allegations against the WikiLeaks founder presented by the Justice Department in June. Jason Douglas, WSJ, "Julian Assange’s Request to Delay His Extradition Hearing Is Rejected by U.K. Judge," 7 Sep. 2020 Lawmakers will return in mid-September for three weeks of votes and will gavel out by Oct. 2, which Hoyer has set as the target adjournment date ahead of the November election. Susan Ferrechio, Washington Examiner, "House will be mostly absent until mid-November," 10 Aug. 2020 District Judge Vanessa Baraitser refused, saying the defense has had ample time since June to request an adjournment and shouldn’t have done so once proceedings were again under way. Jason Douglas, WSJ, "Julian Assange’s Request to Delay His Extradition Hearing Is Rejected by U.K. Judge," 7 Sep. 2020

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First Known Use of adjournment

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for adjournment

Middle English ajournement, borrowed from Anglo-French, from ajourner "to adjourn" + -ment -ment

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“Adjournment.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Jan. 2021.

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