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 Normally, a law becomes effective 90 days after the adjournment of the session in which the law is passed, but Act 376 contained an emergency clause purporting to give it immediate legal effect in March. Michael R. Wickline, Arkansas Online, "Arkansas' high court says count signatures on eye issue," 13 Dec. 2019 Ninety days after adjournment of this year's regular session was July 24. Michael R. Wickline, Arkansas Online, "Arkansas' high court says count signatures on eye issue," 13 Dec. 2019 The Senate committee also advanced a bill banning flavored vaping products, but the full General Assembly is out of time to approve that measure before the scheduled adjournment on Thursday. Jamie Munks,, "Bill to phase out cancer-causing ethylene oxide fails in Illinois Senate committee vote; lawmakers push for more talks before taking up issue again next year," 13 Nov. 2019 Wednesday’s adjournment was the first following a petition from Dr Shakil Afridi, who was sentenced to 33 years in 2012 by a tribal court on charges of funding a domestic militant group and treating its members. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Case of Pakistani who helped CIA track bin Laden adjourned," 9 Oct. 2019 Pro-democracy lawmakers forced the adjournment Wednesday morning of the annual policy address by Hong Kong’s Chief Executive Carrie Lam. Time Staff, Time, "Hong Kong Leader's Annual Policy Speech Adjourned After Rowdy Lawmakers Disrupt Proceedings," 16 Oct. 2019 Senators were asked to sit in audience seats inside the large committee hearing room, with members of the media moved to an upstairs balcony to view the final votes before adjournment. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Vaccine protester arrested after dropping red liquid onto lawmakers," 14 Sep. 2019 The Legislative Research Commission estimates the cost of a special session to be about $65,500 per day — from opening day until the day of final adjournment. Deborah Yetter, The Courier-Journal, "Matt Bevin limits scope of special session to reflect his pension bill," 18 July 2019 In California, which has a much longer legislative session than most, final adjournment happened just after midnight on Sept. 1 last year. Ryan Randazzo, azcentral, "If you've wondered if the Arizona Legislature's late nights are unusual — they are," 13 June 2019

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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.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 21 January 2020.

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