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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Coming from a Kindle Paperwhite, the Forma's size required an adjustment for me. Valentina Palladino, Ars Technica, "Kobo Forma review: A formidable opponent for Amazon’s Kindle Oasis," 22 Nov. 2018 Your hand automatically recognizes the mistake—muscle memory—and makes the adjustment. Francine Maroukian, Popular Mechanics, "The Right Way to Use a Chef's Knife," 7 Nov. 2018 The Waco Tribune-Herald reports that Cottonland Castle holds Texas Historic Landmark status, so any modern adjustments will still have to align with this standard's criteria. Blair Donovan, Country Living, "So, Chip and Joanna Gaines Are Now the Proud Owners of...A Castle?," 3 Mar. 2019 But the seat and steering wheel adjustments are manual here, the stereo system is simpler, and the seats are cloth, not leather. Andrew Moseman, Popular Mechanics, "I'll Be Damned, the $35,000 Tesla Model 3 Is Actually Here," 28 Feb. 2019 Hemsworth has opened up about married life in a new interview, and discussed what adjustments he's made since marrying his long-time love. Amy Mackelden, Harper's BAZAAR, "Liam Hemsworth Revealed What Miley Cyrus' Married Name Is, & Prepare to Swoon," 9 Feb. 2019 Microsoft’s Insider preview builds for 19H1, the next major update for Windows 10, haven’t been packed as chock full of new features as in releases past, favoring tweaks and adjustments instead. Mark Hachman, PCWorld, "Microsoft separates Cortana from search in new Windows 10 preview build," 16 Jan. 2019 Designed to pass the most common building code requirements in the U.S., Avrame USA works with each client to determine local requirements and makes adjustments as needed. Megan Barber, Curbed, "Affordable A-frame house can be built by just two people," 11 Jan. 2019 New research is suggesting that lifestyle adjustments might help to lessen the effects of Alzheimer's disease. Discover Magazine, "Table of Contents Dec 2018," 24 Nov. 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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