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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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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29 Sep 2020

Cite this Entry

“Adjustment.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/adjustment. Accessed 1 Oct. 2020.

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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

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