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

Keep scrolling for more

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.
See More
Recent Examples on the Web This payment-adjustment mechanism allows the country to adhere to its annual health care budget and return information to physicians on aggregate and individual resource utilization. Ezekiel J. Emanuel, Cathy Zhang, STAT, "Learning from Taiwan about responding to Covid-19 — and using electronic health records," 30 June 2020 Behind each adjustment states had to make to combat further spread of coronavirus, bar owners say was a devastating financial impact. Christina Maxouris, CNN, "Bar owners in Texas and Florida fear crushing impacts of this second shutdown," 29 June 2020 It’s one adjustment the zoo made to encourage social distancing. Sarah Haselhorst, Cincinnati.com, "Gotta go find Lucille: Cincinnati Zoo's small but lively reopening had kids with to-do lists," 10 June 2020 The aluminum legs extend a full 185cm, and the quick-lock mechanism makes adjustment fast and easy. Popular Science, "This video production kit is perfect for filming your own cooking show," 10 June 2020 Not a reconfiguring, not an adjustment that is more judicious about where or when to dispense cops—an end. Melissa Gira Grant, The New Republic, "The Rush to Redefine “Defund the Police”," 9 June 2020 But those boys will have one major adjustment to make. Robert Avery, Houston Chronicle, "Ruth Minchen Athletic Complex seeing the welcome return of ballplayers," 4 June 2020 And when the demand does grow, the dining format in an office will require an adjustment for workers. Justin Phillips, SFChronicle.com, "Bay Area catering companies must feed on fresh ideas to survive," 1 June 2020 Even if a vaccine is created to combat and cure the virus by the end of the year, the NBA, along with society, will remain in adjustment mode and remaining cautious. Duane Rankin, azcentral, "Benefits of Phoenix Suns continuing 2019-20 season – or staying home," 1 June 2020

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'adjustment.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

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

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about adjustment

Time Traveler for adjustment

Time Traveler

The first known use of adjustment was in 1644

See more words from the same year

Statistics for adjustment

Last Updated

7 Jul 2020

Cite this Entry

“Adjustment.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/adjustment. Accessed 15 Jul. 2020.

Keep scrolling for more

More Definitions for adjustment

adjustment

noun
How to pronounce adjustment (audio)

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

Keep scrolling for more

Comments on adjustment

What made you want to look up adjustment? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

See Definitions and Examples »

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Words for Summer: A Quiz

  • a closeup of a sunflower
  • Which of the following words means “of or relating to summer”?
Spell It

Can you spell these 10 commonly misspelled words?

TAKE THE QUIZ
Dictionary Devil

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ
Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!