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 Greene made motions for adjournment in protest when the House took up H.R. 1, a sweeping voting reform bill, and the George Floyd in Policing Act. Savannah Behrmann, USA TODAY, "Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene tried to hold up the COVID stimulus bill. She's done this before.," 10 Mar. 2021 The hearings are expected to begin upon final adjournment of the House, which convenes at 10 a.m. Alex Briseno, Dallas News, "Texas House committee takes up George Floyd Act, gun bills," 26 Mar. 2021 Out before midnight More than an hour before the mandatory adjournment deadline of midnight — at 10:38 p.m. — the House moved to adjourn its business, to applause from the body. The Salt Lake Tribune, "Legislative session ends as governor praises many ‘good bills’ that passed and many ‘terrible bills’ that didn’t," 5 Mar. 2021 Lawmakers rushed in the final days to finalize hundreds of bills before Friday's adjournment of the 45-day session that began in late January. The Salt Lake Tribune, "The legislative session is over. Here’s what lawmakers did for you — and to you — before going home.," 7 Mar. 2021 If the committee disapproved a proposal the agreement would not take effect until adjournment of the next regular session of the Legislature. Mike Cason |, al, "Oversight bill comes in response to Gov. Kay Ivey’s plan for Alabama to lease prisons," 1 Mar. 2021 Instead, the committee meeting was adjourned without a vote, leaving it unclear if HB302 still has a chance before the March 5 adjournment of the Legislature. The Salt Lake Tribune, "Here are some major moves by Utah’s Legislature with just days before the session ends," 27 Feb. 2021 Once that’s done, this year’s session will be able to adjourn — although for procedural reasons, the actual adjournment is scheduled for Monday. Washington Post, "Virginia House and Senate negotiators agree on budget featuring raises for teachers, state employees," 25 Feb. 2021 When a voice vote was called to begin debate of the bill, Georgia Republican Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene, trying to delay Thursday’s vote, called for an adjournment vote. Kerry Picket, Washington Examiner, "House set to vote on Equality Act after heated debate over gay and transgender rights," 24 Feb. 2021

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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 22 Apr. 2021.

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