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 This is standard practice in House rules, which normally state that the speaker can authorize adjournment of House activities for a day. Matthew Brown, USA TODAY, "Fact check: Did the House add a recess provision to stimulus bill?," 17 May 2020 Voting in favor of adjournment were Ole Larson, Jim Hart, Ryan Ponder and Jeff Taylor. Zaz Hollander, Anchorage Daily News, "After hours of public testimony on literary classics pulled from English classes, Mat-Su School Board postpones reconsideration," 7 May 2020 Proposals this year in Mississippi, Oregon and Virginia either failed or did not clear the legislature before adjournment. Steve Berkowitz, USA TODAY, "Florida legislators send college-athlete name, image and likeness bill to governor," 14 Mar. 2020 The legislature’s adjournment deadline is Wednesday at midnight. Susan Haigh, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Lawmakers pass sexual harassment, assault legislation," 1 June 2019 But she's drawn attention during the trial for huddling on the floor after adjournment with Republicans including Majority Whip John Thune of South Dakota and Lamar Alexander of Tennessee, who is retiring. Laurie Kellman, Anchorage Daily News, "Murkowski and other moderate senators team up at Trump impeachment trial," 31 Jan. 2020 Dettmer additionally failed to mention to council that after adjournment of their first video conference meeting three weeks earlier, had asked Dettmer -- face to face in council chambers -- for dial-in access to future meetings. Beth Mlady, cleveland, "Berea City Council supports Dettmer despite stance on public access to remote meetings," 16 Apr. 2020 But the Legislature's quick adjournment on Monday was unlike anything else. Andrew Oxford, azcentral, "Questions hang over the budget, major bills as Arizona Legislature makes quick exit," 24 Mar. 2020 But the judge's decision on adjournment didn't occur without a fuss. Eriq Gardner, The Hollywood Reporter, "Johnny Depp's Libel Trial Gets Postponed Because of Coronavirus," 20 Mar. 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 4 Jun. 2020.

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