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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In the early days, Nwandu says, readership was 80 percent female; after the adjustment, which included incorporating more stories about sports and politics, readers are now 60 percent female. Kara Brown, Marie Claire, "Our Lady of Shade," 1 Mar. 2019 More than 92 percent of initial assessments were changed as a result of hand reviews and other adjustments, the study found. Hal Dardick, chicagotribune.com, "Berrios' analysts used Zillow, other shortcuts in assessing property values, documents show," 13 July 2018 Customers can call 800-462-3966 or email customer.service@bedbath.com to request a price adjustment, too. Doreen Christensen, Sun-Sentinel.com, "Forget Prime Day. These 10 stores will price-match Amazon every day of the week," 9 July 2018 That’s the big adjustment for me, being able to catch onto it all and learn it. Scott Bordow, azcentral, "Marvin Bagley III learning ups and downs of NBA," 8 July 2018 Meghan’s style has gone through some subtle adjustments, too. Maura Hohman, PEOPLE.com, "Does This Video Prove That Meghan Markle Is Losing Her American Accent? Watch and Decide," 6 July 2018 With stately grey hair, a decent singing voice, and a seemingly sincere passion for the virtues of market-friendly tax adjustments, the forty-one-year-old was not, as many critics argued, too young to govern. Steven Cohen, The New Republic, "Why Colombia Keeps Electing Presidents Tied to Murderers," 18 June 2018 Casanova has been able to make in-game adjustments, as was evident in a May 12 start against Rome. Lamond Pope, Lake County News-Sun, "Next step: Waukegan’s Jean Casanova moves up a level in Texas Rangers farm system," 18 June 2018 Throughout the past year, the nation’s CPI rose 2.8% prior to seasonal adjustment, the largest yearly gain since February 2012. Jonathan Sperling, Fortune, "U.S. Inflation Hits 6-Year High Thanks to Rise in Energy Index," 12 June 2018

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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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