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

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Republicans said the Democrats’ behavior, including frequent interruptions and demands for adjournment, were inappropriate whatever their views of the nominee. Byron Tau, WSJ, "Brett Kavanaugh’s Supreme Court Hearing Has Testy Start," 5 Sep. 2018 But state law requires at least 120 days between the Legislature's adjournment and an initiative vote. Nathaniel Herz, Anchorage Daily News, "Slow pace of Alaska Legislature will likely bump citizens initiatives to November vote," 17 Apr. 2018 The decision to transfer authority over the regional market to the CRDA came as the 2018 General Assembly was nearing adjournment. Gregory B. Hladky,, "Decline Of Hartford Regional Market Linked To State Fiscal Woes," 12 June 2018 But amid a flurry of activity at the Capitol in the final days of the legislative session, that process never saw the light of day before last week's adjournment. Jason Pohl, azcentral, "Arizona needle-exchange bill dies in legislature after losing momentum in Senate," 7 May 2018 Teachers booed when walkout organizers told them about the adjournment. Ricardo Cano, USA TODAY, "Teachers strike in Arizona for more education money; protests spread to Colorado," 21 Apr. 2018 When a notice incorrectly listed the room for his court appearance, Rotondo asked for an adjournment. Marwa Eltagouri,, "A 30-year-old demanded notice for eviction from his parents' house. 'Outrageous,' a New York judge said.," 23 May 2018 Lawmakers could start those proceedings before the scheduled adjournment of the 2018 regular session. Will Schmitt, USA TODAY, "Report: Woman tells lawmakers that Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens slapped her during affair," 11 Apr. 2018 Weber's attorney, Aneeq Ahmad, requested the adjournment in a letter to the court, saying that an expert scheduled to perform a pyschosexual examination of Weber would not be available to conduct the exam before the April trial date. Steven Martinez, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Trial postponed for Shorewood man accused of child sex assault, filming coworker naked," 9 Apr. 2018

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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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