re·​ad·​just·​ment | \ ˌrē-ə-ˈjəs(t)-mənt How to pronounce readjustment (audio) \
plural readjustments

Definition of readjustment

1 : the act or process of adjusting something again undertook a readjustment of her life goals A below-the-knee prosthesis is priced at between $10,000 and $20,000, and then there's the constant attention and ongoing readjustments needed to keep the prosthesis operational.— Ronald J. Glasser Sustained speculation may advance an upward price spiral, but bitcoin has already experienced several price readjustments in recent years.— John Nugent
2 : the act or process of adjusting or adapting oneself again a soldier's readjustment to civilian life Even if new professions come along to compensate for the losses, they will probably require much more creativity and flexibility. It is far from certain that a 50-year-old cashier or bus driver will be able to make the necessary readjustment.— Yuval Harari

Examples of readjustment in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web After a period of readjustment, with much smaller staffs and a focus on tapping the lowest-cost oil and gas deposits, some oil companies could find that the world’s last few decades of reliance on fossil fuels are their most profitable yet. Tim Mcdonnell, Quartz, "2020 was the year clean energy started to beat Big Oil," 24 Dec. 2020 Many of you may find this re-re-readjustment to independent living jarring and difficult, especially those of you who somehow haven’t had to make such an adjustment since the 2008-09 economic collapse. Eddie Small, The New Yorker, "Moving Back Out of Your Parents’ Home: Orientation Materials," 19 Sep. 2020 The survey, which accounts for interviews with 1,108 adults in the state from mid-July through mid-August, shines light on the mood of residents faced with months of shutdowns, restrictions and a dramatic and speedy readjustment to a new normal. Nicholas Rondinone,, "Survey: Despite ongoing pandemic, majority in Connecticut remain happy; challenges persist for low-income and minority households," 17 Sep. 2020 In a filing released late Wednesday, Biosev confirmed preliminary talks with Raizen that may result in a merger as well as discussions with banks about potential readjustment of some of its debt. Fabiana Batista,, "Brazil’s Raizen Is in Talks to Buy Dreyfus Sugar Unit," 9 Sep. 2020 County health officials chalked up the negative death number to a readjustment by the state, and instead cited the Kane County coroner, who reported one person died of complications related to the virus during that week. Sarah Freishtat,, "Kane County comes off state’s COVID-19 warning list but Will County remains," 21 Aug. 2020 Although such a readjustment was completed in 1986, use of the U.S. survey foot persisted. Caroline Delbert, Popular Mechanics, "The Way We Measure Feet Is About to Change," 19 Aug. 2020 Among the many cancellations, readjustments and disappointments visited upon the land by the pandemic lockdown was this one: wasn’t going to get to see her family for her 70th birthday. John Kelly, Washington Post, "They’d been planning a family reunion in Washington. Then the lockdown came.," 27 Apr. 2020 In response to an approximately 80% reduction in the number of commuters since mid-March, SMART has made several cuts to services and readjustments in routes. Miriam Marini, Detroit Free Press, "SMART bus passengers now required to wear masks," 26 Apr. 2020

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'readjustment.' 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 readjustment

1749, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about readjustment

Time Traveler for readjustment

Time Traveler

The first known use of readjustment was in 1749

See more words from the same year

Statistics for readjustment

Last Updated

9 Jan 2021

Cite this Entry

“Readjustment.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Feb. 2021.

Style: MLA
MLA Chicago APA Merriam-Webster

More from Merriam-Webster on readjustment

Thesaurus: All synonyms and antonyms for readjustment

Nglish: Translation of readjustment for Spanish Speakers

Comments on readjustment

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


Test Your Vocabulary

More Confusing Words—Quiz

  • cats on impossible timber
  • The magician ______ moved the selected card to the top of the deck.
Spell It

Can you spell these 10 commonly misspelled words?

 AlphaBear 2

Spell words. Make bears.

Love words? Need even more definitions?

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