What does adjustment mean?

Definitions for adjustment
əˈdʒʌst məntad·just·ment

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. adjustment, accommodation, fittingnoun

    making or becoming suitable; adjusting to circumstances

  2. alteration, modification, adjustmentnoun

    the act of making something different (as e.g. the size of a garment)

  3. adjustment, registration, readjustmentnoun

    the act of adjusting something to match a standard

  4. adaptation, adaption, adjustmentnoun

    the process of adapting to something (such as environmental conditions)

  5. allowance, adjustmentnoun

    an amount added or deducted on the basis of qualifying circumstances

    "an allowance for profit"


  1. adjustmentnoun

    a small change; a minor correction; a modification

    The credit card company made an adjustment to my account to waive the late fee.

  2. adjustmentnoun

    The behavioural process of balancing conflicting needs, or needs against obstacles in the environment.

    When Jim graduated, he found adjustment to the working world difficult.

  3. Etymology: (But see also ajustement}

Webster Dictionary

  1. Adjustmentnoun

    the act of adjusting, or condition of being adjusted; act of bringing into proper relations; regulation

  2. Adjustmentnoun

    settlement of claims; an equitable arrangement of conflicting claims, as in set-off, contribution, exoneration, subrogation, and marshaling

  3. Adjustmentnoun

    the operation of bringing all the parts of an instrument, as a microscope or telescope, into their proper relative position for use; the condition of being thus adjusted; as, to get a good adjustment; to be in or out of adjustment

Dictionary of Nautical Terms

  1. adjustment

    In marine insurance, the ascertaining and finally settling the amount of indemnity--whether of average or of salvage--which the insured (after all proper deductions have been made) is entitled to receive under the policy, when the ship is lost.

Editors Contribution

  1. adjustment

    The act and process of adjusting.

    The adjustment happens when its reasonable and logical to do so.

    Submitted by MaryC on March 28, 2020  

British National Corpus

  1. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'adjustment' in Nouns Frequency: #1769

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of adjustment in Chaldean Numerology is: 1

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of adjustment in Pythagorean Numerology is: 1

Examples of adjustment in a Sentence

  1. R. D. Laing:

    Insanity: a perfectly rational adjustment to the insane world.

  2. Gordon Adams:

    I think it probably comes as a rude shock for most of them; the adjustment is really hard.

  3. Mario Draghi:

    Countries need to invest more in other mechanisms to share the cost of shocks, some form of cross-country risk-sharing is essential to help reduce adjustment costs for those countries and prevent recessions from leaving deep and permanent scars.

  4. Alejandro Diaz de Leon:

    There is uncertainty about what can happen and it has been important to have a prudent, cautious monetary stance that contributes, in the first place, to inflation returning to its three percent target - and it is doing that - and, secondly, that there is an orderly adjustment in the markets.

  5. Randy Frederick:

    The market has been pricing two hikes at the most and their adjustment of the end of year forecast is consistent with two hikes, so yes, the market is basically saying, 'We had it right.'.

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    an unincorporated business owned by a single person who is responsible for its liabilities and entitled to its profits
    • A. epidemic
    • B. omnifarious
    • C. proprietary
    • D. soft-witted

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