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 adjustment (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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Recent Examples on the Web Missing leading tackler Keenan Pili, among others, the defense allows opponents to stay on the field too long and successfully convert too many third downs, and has been thrown off by in-game adjustment by their opponents. Norma Gonzalez, The Salt Lake Tribune, 20 Oct. 2021 In some cases, the NFL appealed payouts awarded to Black men if doctors did not apply the racial adjustment. CBS News, 20 Oct. 2021 Shock proof and tough, the movement boasts traditional adjustment screws on the free sprung balance wheel in order to ensure higher precision. Roberta Naas, Forbes, 20 Oct. 2021 Travelers reported an adjustment to its underwriting results in business insurance for exposure to claims related to asbestos. Telis Demos, WSJ, 19 Oct. 2021 The vaccine mandates for live performances are not that different from the ones required to dine indoors in New York City, which may have made the adjustment smoother. New York Times, 19 Oct. 2021 Rise Gardens also sells a three-part nutrient solution with a pH adjustment solution—essentially a proprietary version of MiracleGro. Matt Villano, Quartz, 19 Oct. 2021 There’s a long adjustment period for rookies, especially when making the jump from a program like BYU to the NFL. Jeremy Cluff, The Arizona Republic, 18 Oct. 2021 An interesting adjustment that becomes a benefit behind the scenes when producing the same story for a new generation is the pervasiveness of social media. Irma Miriam Penunuri, Rolling Stone, 15 Oct. 2021

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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.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/adjustment. Accessed 25 Oct. 2021.

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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 adjustment (audio) \ adjective

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