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

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. See More
Recent Examples on the Web The global adjustment to living with the virus — with the exception of COVID Zero-practicing China and Hong Kong — has also diluted the urgency for booster shots. Fortune, 22 Apr. 2022 The changes also include a longer wait for a cost-of-living adjustment for pension benefits, including waiting 30 months for their first COLA after retirement — instead of the current nine months. Christopher Keating, Hartford Courant, 22 Apr. 2022 His quick adjustment and more ice time — by five minutes on average — certainly has helped. Phil Thompson,, 2 Apr. 2022 The back seats come with their own power adjustment, plus heating, cooling, and massage functions—as long as the buyer ticks that option. Jonathan M. Gitlin, Ars Technica, 31 Mar. 2022 Another adjustment, which has come easier, is that Bueckers returned to a team that had grown in her absence. Dom Amore,, 14 Mar. 2022 The Legislature in 2021 and 2019 considered a permanent cost of living adjustment, which retired teachers have called for, but both times instead opted for one-time payouts. Edward Mckinley, San Antonio Express-News, 7 Mar. 2022 This year, the STRS board is considering a one-time, 2% cost-of-living adjustment for eligible recipients and may vote on it as soon as later this month, Treneff said. cleveland, 6 Mar. 2022 The commission's communications and outreach director Edward Woods III insisted that the pay increase is a cost of living adjustment, not a raise. Clara Hendrickson, Detroit Free Press, 25 Feb. 2022 See More

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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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9 May 2022

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“Adjustment.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 May. 2022.

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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


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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