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 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 During this readjustment period, our business hours may fluctuate. cleveland, "Bialy’s Bagels re-opens in University Heights for carryout service," 18 Apr. 2020 In other words, the prospect of having to work, study, and shop online may not require the sort of readjustment in Estonia as many people face elsewhere. Masha Gessen, The New Yorker, "Why Estonia Was Poised to Handle How a Pandemic Would Change Everything," 24 Mar. 2020 On the surface, that lineup readjustment somewhat rights the wrongs of those two awkwardly sized outgoing models, both of which had tight rear seats and struggled to make serious inroads into their segments. Joey Capparella, Car and Driver, "The New CT5 Is a Step Backwards for Cadillac," 30 Jan. 2020 Whether both firms are able to rebuild and keep growing their franchises beyond these recent readjustments is still far from certain. Washington Post, "French and Swiss Bankers’ Summer May Be Brief," 31 July 2019 The chances, however, for such a logical and passive readjustment by Iran are nil. Victor Davis Hanson, National Review, "Iran’s Options in a Showdown with America Are All Bad," 9 Jan. 2020 Many veterans nationwide continue to struggle with wartime experiences and the readjustment to civilian life. cleveland, "Independence Primary School Veterans Day ceremony honors former service members," 13 Nov. 2019

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First Known Use of readjustment

1749, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Readjustment.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 May. 2020.

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