adjustment

noun

ad·​just·​ment ə-ˈjəs(t)-mənt How to pronounce adjustment (audio)
plural adjustments
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
adjustmental 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. See More
Recent Examples on the Web In particular, the EU intends to gauge the difference between the charge for GHG emissions in the producing nation and the EU’s carbon price (which stood at about $100 per ton through most of 2023) and impose a border carbon adjustment based on the differential. Dan Esty, Fortune, 26 Feb. 2024 And, because timelines and priorities may inevitably shift throughout the process, workstreams allow for easy adjustment. Yaniv Shor, Forbes, 26 Feb. 2024 In addition to Logano serving a pass-through penalty, Chase Elliott has been dropped to the rear for unapproved adjustments. Shane Connuck, Charlotte Observer, 25 Feb. 2024 But these adjustments come not out of strategy but rather necessity, as a system that was already collapsing is now under far more stress, said Juan Sebastian Olivares, the mobile outreach coordinator for Hunger Free Colorado, a statewide food advocacy nonprofit. Michael Braithwaite, The Denver Post, 23 Feb. 2024 Additionally, participation in such programs might impact your eligibility for other salary adjustments or benefits. Johnny C. Taylor Jr., USA TODAY, 22 Feb. 2024 This adjustment may take a few weeks, after which the natural deodorant will work as expected. Katrina Cossey, Parents, 22 Feb. 2024 But easing into altered vision initially requires an adjustment period that can last for hours or even days, depending on the individual user and the disturbance’s strength. Lauren Leffer, Scientific American, 21 Feb. 2024 Regardless of the reasons for these adjustments, this simple fact remains true: KitchenAid stand mixers are designed to do one thing well, and for a long time. Anna Kramer, The Atlantic, 21 Feb. 2024 See More

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Word History

Etymology

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

First Known Use

1644, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of adjustment was in 1644

Dictionary Entries Near adjustment

Cite this Entry

“Adjustment.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/adjustment. Accessed 4 Mar. 2024.

Kids Definition

adjustment

noun
ad·​just·​ment ə-ˈjəs(t)-mənt How to pronounce adjustment (audio)
1
: the act or process of adjusting
2
: a settlement of a claim or debt
3
: the state of being adjusted
4
: a means of adjusting one part (as in a machine) in relation to another
an adjustment for focusing a microscope

Medical Definition

adjustment

noun
ad·​just·​ment ə-ˈjəs(t)-mənt How to pronounce adjustment (audio)
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

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