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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And some states experience their own versions of legislative shenanigans, like running out the clock or pretending a day has not actually ended, as adjournment nears. Ryan Randazzo, azcentral, "If you've wondered if the Arizona Legislature's late nights are unusual — they are," 13 June 2019 But my American distance from the proceedings evaporated when the court resumed its hearing after an adjournment for lunch. Batya Ungar-sargon, The New York Review of Books, "A Palestinian in Israeli Military Court: Issa Amro, the Judge, & Me," 17 June 2019 Some Republican lawmakers were incensed on Friday when Democratic leaders introduced the 1,500-page budget and accompanying legislation just hours before the legislative session’s scheduled adjournment. Dan Petrella,, "Gov. J.B. Pritzker signs $40 billion state budget passed with bipartisan support," 5 June 2019 The White House’s previous nominations for those spots, economists Nellie Liang and Marvin Goodfriend, expired with the adjournment of the last Congress. Vivian Salama, WSJ, "Kudlow: White House Seeks Fed Nominees Who Understand Shift on Growth, Inflation," 24 Jan. 2019 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

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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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