adjustment

noun
ad·just·ment | \ə-ˈjəs(t)-mənt \
plural adjustments

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

6 chiropractic : the manual or mechanical manipulation of a joint (especially the spine) in which a controlled force is applied to the joint A click of the instrument allows the practitioner to provide a quick and precise thrust to the spine, making the adjustment before the patient's muscular reflex can tense the body and interfere with the manipulation.Dr. Andrew Weil's Self Healing

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Other Words from adjustment

adjustmental \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.
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What will happen between now and October when multiple roster adjustments are made is impossible to predict. J. Michael, Indianapolis Star, "Purdue rookies Isaac Haas, Vincent Edwards, Dakota Mathias attempt to find footing at NBA summer league," 9 July 2018 But the new battery-life adjustment with FusedTrack puts the Suunto 9 light-years ahead of is predecessors. Ariella Gintzler, Outside Online, "Testing the Suunto 9 Sports Watch," 6 July 2018 There have been a few recipe adjustments since starting the business. Kristine M. Kierzek, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Creative cakes for kids turned into a small business for Wauwatosa woman," 13 July 2018 Gennett made his biggest adjustment at the plate in one of his final seasons with the Brewers. Bobby Nightengale, Cincinnati.com, "How Scooter Gennett transformed from a Cincinnati Reds waiver claim into an All-Star," 10 July 2018 The momentum generated by these wheels was used to make fine adjustments to the telescope’s targeting. Sean O'kane, The Verge, "NASA put its famous planet-hunting telescope to sleep because it’s almost out of fuel," 6 July 2018 Adam says only 16 on the lead lap so to plan to come in for a lengthy stop for adjustments. Michelle R. Martinelli, For The Win, "How Samantha Busch runs one of the best Twitter accounts in NASCAR," 5 July 2018 While Khosrowshahi has made many adjustments to the company in recent months and employees have said Uber has stabilized, internal issues — particularly around diversity — persist. Mike Isaac, BostonGlobe.com, "At Uber, new questions arise about executive behavior," 14 July 2018 The EX Premium includes a six-way power driver’s seat with lumbar (but no separate seat-cushion tilt) and a four-way manual front passenger seat with height adjustment. Mark Maynard, sandiegouniontribune.com, "2018 Kia Niro PHEV: The future of plug-and-play," 13 July 2018

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First Known Use of adjustment

1644, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for adjustment

borrowed from French ajustement, going back to Middle French adjutement, adjustement, from adjuster "to adjust" + -ment -ment

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The first known use of adjustment was in 1644

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adjustment

noun

English Language Learners Definition of adjustment

: 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

noun
ad·just·ment | \ə-ˈjəst-mənt \

Kids Definition of adjustment

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

adjustment

noun
ad·just·ment | \ə-ˈjəs(t)-mənt \

Medical Definition of adjustment 

1 : the act or process of adjusting: as

a : the process of modifying one's behavior in changed circumstances or an altered environment in order to fulfill psychological, physiological, and social needs

b : a functional and often transitory alteration by which an organism adapts to its immediate environment — compare adaptation sense 2b

2 : a means (as a mechanism) by which things are adjusted one to another adjustments for brightness

3 chiropractic : the manual or mechanical manipulation of a joint (especially of the spine) in which a controlled force is applied to the joint

Other Words from adjustment

adjustmental \ə-ˌjəs(t)-ˈment-ᵊl, ˌaj-ˌəs(t)- \ adjective

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