Definition of adjustment
1 : the act or process of adjusting
2 : a settlement of a claim or debt in a case in which the amount involved is uncertain or full payment is not made
3 : the state of being adjusted
4 : a means (such as a mechanism) by which things are adjusted one to another
5 : a correction or modification to reflect actual conditions
adjustmentalplay \ə-ˌjəs(t)-ˈmen-təl, ˌa-ˌjəs(t)-\ adjective
Examples of adjustment in a Sentence
The engine only needed a minor adjustment.
She made some slight adjustments to the recipe.
The engine only needed minor adjustment.
Moving from the city to the country requires an adjustment.
We went through a period of adjustment at the new school.
The figures were calculated with no adjustments for inflation.
The figures were calculated with no adjustment for inflation.
First Known Use of adjustment
ADJUSTMENT Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of adjustment for English Language Learners
: a small change that improves something or makes it work better
: a change that makes it possible for a person to do better or work better in a new situation
: the act or process of changing or adjusting something (such as a number)
ADJUSTMENT Defined for Kids
Definition of adjustment for Students
1 : a small change that improves something or makes it work better
2 : the act or process of changing or adjusting
3 : the decision about and payment of a claim or debt
Medical Definition of adjustment
1: the act or process of adjusting: asa: the process of modifying one's behavior in changed circumstances or an altered environment in order to fulfill psychological, physiological, and social needsb: a functional and often transitory alteration by which an organism adapts to its immediate environment—compare adaptation 2b
2: a means (as a mechanism) by which things are adjusted one to another adjustments for brightness
3chiropractic : the manual or mechanical manipulation of a joint (especially of the spine) in which a controlled force is applied to the joint
adjustmental\ə-ˌjəs(t)-ˈment-əl, ˌaj-ˌəs(t)-\play adjective
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