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}

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Adjustmentnoun

    Etymology: adjustement, Fr.

    The farther and clearer adjustment of this affair, I am constrained to adjourn to the larger treatise. John Woodward, Nat. Hist.

    It is a vulgar idea we have of a watch or clock, when we conceive of it as an instrument made to shew the hour: but it is a learned idea which the watch-maker has of it, who knows all the several parts of it, together with the various connexions and adjustments of each part. Isaac Watts, Logick.


  1. adjustment

    Adjustment is a process of altering or modifying something to improve its accuracy, effectiveness, or functionality, or to achieve a desired outcome. It can also refer to the ability to cope with changes or deal with new environments or situations. Additionally, it could refer to the settlement of financial accounts, or the resolution of a difference or dispute.

  2. adjustment

    Adjustment refers to the process of altering or modifying something to make it suitable, accurate, or appropriate in a given situation. It can refer to changes made in behavior, policies, procedures, financial accounts, physical positions or settings, etc. The term can be used in various contexts such as psychology, finance, technology, or law.

  3. adjustment

    Adjustment refers to the process of modifying, altering, or adapting something to bring it into the correct or desired state, form, or alignment. It could also pertain to the changes individuals make in their behavior, attitude, or lifestyle to accommodate or cope with new situations, conditions, or environments.

  4. adjustment

    Adjustment is a process of altering or modifying something to improve its accuracy, suitability, functionality, or alignment. It can pertain to a range of contexts including mechanical systems, accounting procedures, psychological states, and societal norms.

  5. adjustment

    Adjustment is the process of altering, modifying, or correcting something to achieve a desired or suitable state or condition. It can refer to changes made to a system, behavior, thought pattern, physical item, or process to improve functionality or alignment with specific standards, goals, or expectations. It can also refer to the process of adapting or acclimating oneself to a different environment, circumstance or situation.

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. André Maurois:

    The need to express oneself in writing springs from a mal-adjustment to life, or from an inner conflict which the adolescent (or the grown man) cannot resolve in action. Those to whom action comes as easily as breathing rarely feel the need to break loose from the real, to rise above, and describe it... I do not mean that it is enough to be maladjusted to become a great writer, but writing is, for some, a method of resolving a conflict, provided they have the necessary talent.

  2. William Jackson at Capital Economics:

    It's a very oil-dependent economy, so it always looked like an adjustment in the currency was needed when oil prices fell. They delayed that adjustment for a long time so it's kind of inevitable that the currency had to weaken.

  3. Herbert Spencer:

    Life is the continuous adjustment of internal relations to external relations.

  4. Roger McGuinn:

    When I first went from a band situation to a solo situation, it was quite an adjustment to make. But after having done it for a number of years, it really feels good out there.

  5. Hillary Clinton:

    A this point, probably not because it's a process vote and I don't want to say it's the same as TPP, right now, I'm focused on making sure we get trade adjustment assistance and I certainly would not vote for it unless I were absolutely confident we would get trade adjustment assistance.

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