adjustment

noun
ad·​just·​ment | \ ə-ˈjəs(t)-mənt How to pronounce adjustment (audio) \
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 How to pronounce adjustmental (audio) , 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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This year’s market has a new time, now opening at 3 p.m. and closing at 6 p.m. The time adjustment was made to benefit both farmers and vendors, as well as early shoppers. Michael Walsh, courant.com, "Avon Library Farmers Market Opens For Season," 8 July 2019 Beyond the other adjustments, the biggest difference in this year's game was a lack of scoring. Tom Withers, chicagotribune.com, "All-Star Futures Game ends in a 2-2 tie after 8 innings," 8 July 2019 Another beta tester, Dave Schukin, posited that the feature relies on ARKit to make a map of a person’s face and use that to inform the image adjustments. Anna Washenko, Ars Technica, "FaceTime feature in iOS 13 feigns eye contact during video calls," 3 July 2019 The adjustments also suggest extreme poverty isn’t concentrated among families. The Economist, "How many Americans live on $2 a day?," 20 June 2019 The adjustment of Huawei’s expectations comes as the company has become entangled in the rising trade tensions between China and the US, which have dovetailed with longtime US national security concerns regarding the company. Jane Li, Quartz, "The US ban on Huawei will cost the company $30 billion in lost sales," 17 June 2019 Wesson feels the rule change that will require the most adjustment is the new shot clock. Stephen Means, cleveland.com, "Andre Wesson is adjusting to being Ohio State basketball’s lone senior leader," 13 June 2019 The adjustments are applied to both front and back cameras too, even though the firm is more adamant about improving the photo effects on selfies. Abdi Latif Dahir, Quartz Africa, "How Africa’s top handset maker designs phone cameras calibrated for darker skin tones," 3 June 2019 But the first adjustments need to be made on the mound. Mike Vorel, The Seattle Times, "Mariners recall reliever David McKay from Tacoma to aid beleaguered bullpen," 19 May 2019

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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 How to pronounce adjustment (audio) \

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 How to pronounce adjustment (audio) \

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)-​ How to pronounce adjustmental (audio) \ adjective

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