Definition of Adjustment

1. Noun. Making or becoming suitable; adjusting to circumstances.

Exact synonyms: Accommodation, Fitting
Specialized synonyms: Readjustment, Domestication, Habituation, Shakedown
Generic synonyms: Advance, Betterment, Improvement
Derivative terms: Accommodate, Accommodate, Accommodate, Adjust, Fit, Fit

2. Noun. The act of making something different (as e.g. the size of a garment).
Exact synonyms: Alteration, Modification
Specialized synonyms: Laxation, Loosening, Tightening, Accommodation, Adaptation, Tune
Generic synonyms: Change
Derivative terms: Adjust, Alter, Alter, Modify, Modify

3. Noun. The act of adjusting something to match a standard.

4. Noun. The process of adapting to something (such as environmental conditions).

5. Noun. An amount added or deducted on the basis of qualifying circumstances. "An allowance for profit"
Exact synonyms: Allowance
Specialized synonyms: Cost-of-living Allowance, Depreciation Allowance, Deduction, Discount, Seasonal Adjustment, Tare
Generic synonyms: Recompense
Derivative terms: Adjust

Definition of Adjustment

1. n. The act of adjusting, or condition of being adjusted; act of bringing into proper relations; regulation.

Definition of Adjustment

1. Noun. a small change; a minor correction; a modification ¹

2. Noun. The behavioural process of balancing conflicting needs, or needs against obstacles in the environment. ¹

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Definition of Adjustment

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Medical Definition of Adjustment

1. 1. The act of adjusting, or condition of being adjusted; act of bringing into proper relations; regulation. "Success depends on the nicest and minutest adjustment of the parts concerned." (Paley) 2. Settlement of claims; an equitable arrangement of conflicting claims, as in set-off, contribution, exoneration, subrogation, and marshaling. 3. 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. Synonym: Suiting, fitting, arrangement, regulation, settlement, adaptation, disposition. Origin: Cf. F. Ajustement. See Adjust. Source: Websters Dictionary (01 Mar 1998)

Lexicographical Neighbors of Adjustment

adjustable articulator
adjustable spanner
adjustable spanners
adjustable wrench
adjusting entry
adjustment (current term)
adjustment disorders
adjutant bird
adjutant general
adjutant stork

Literary usage of Adjustment

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. Education by Project Innovation (Organization) (1909)
"But the welfare of the individual also demands this social adjustment, and the welfare ... Here again arises an apparent conflict between adjustment as an ..."

2. The Principles and Practice of Surveying by Charles Blaney Breed, George Leonard Hosmer (1908)
"adjustment of the Objective Slide. — To make the Objective Slide move ... The adjustment may be made as follows. Adjust the line of sight as in Art. 72, ..."

3. Science by American Association for the Advancement of Science (1899)
"adjustment for transverse space waves. Fio. 5. adjustment for compounding circular and plane polarized waves. FIG. 3. adjustment for plane polarized waves. ..."

4. Proceedings of the Royal Society of London by Royal Society (Great Britain) (1881)
"On a Method of Destroying the Effects of slight Errors of adjustment in ... Any slight errors of adjustment which prevent the light from the star and the ..."

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