ad·​journ·​ment ə-ˈjərn-mənt How to pronounce adjournment (audio)
: the act of adjourning
adjournment of a meeting
: the state or interval of being adjourned
a brief adjournment

Examples of adjournment in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web That date is 90 days past the special session's adjournment when non-emergency laws passed during the session will take effect. John Lynch, Arkansas Online, 3 Oct. 2023 The governor showed up once to thank the demonstrators, bringing along two grandchildren. Senate leader Hugh Burns, a conservative Democrat from Fresno, tried to prevent a vote on the bill as the Legislature approached mandatory adjournment on the final night of its annual session. George Skelton, Los Angeles Times, 4 Sep. 2023 If the House recesses instead of adjourning, the legislative day continues until the next adjournment, which could mean many days or weeks. Norman J. Ornstein, The New Republic, 11 Oct. 2023 Pettit was nominated for a district judge seat by then-President Donald Trump in September 2019, but her nomination expired with the adjournment of the 116th Congress and the subsequent start of a new presidential administration in 2021. Kristina Davis, San Diego Union-Tribune, 24 July 2023 Republicans quickly switched their votes to oppose the adjournment and proceeded to a 15th speaker vote, which ended well after midnight. Annie Karni,, 7 Jan. 2023 After the Committee of the Whole meeting, the council convened its regular meeting at 6:47 p.m. It was adjourned about 7:10 p.m. After the adjournment, members of the council encountered members of the public who were waiting outside City Hall and said the doors were locked. Steve Lord, Chicago Tribune, 31 July 2023 At this point in the session, lawmakers are usually haggling over bills and reviewing the state budget before final adjournment on Monday. Lauren McGaughy, Dallas News, 28 May 2023 The Minnesota Legislature is rushing to complete work on the major budget bills of the session before the May 22 adjournment deadline. Steve Karnowski,, 13 May 2023 See More

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Word History


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

First Known Use

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of adjournment was in the 15th century

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“Adjournment.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 9 Dec. 2023.

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