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capable of being :
adjustable seat belts.
(of loans, mortgages, etc.) having a flexible rate, as one based on money market interest rates or on the rate of inflation or cost of living.
(especially of life insurance) having flexible premiums and coverage, based on the insuree’s current needs and ability to pay.
any rate, expense, income, etc., that varies unpredictably:
Luckily, his chief income is not made up of adjustables. Allow some money in your budget for the adjustables.
Contemporary Examples

For them, bankers developed more flexible products: no money down, no documentation, interest-only, adjustable rate.
Marijuana Use Isn’t Worth the Risk David Frum January 6, 2013

Shortly after her birthday, Schroeder decided to get an adjustable gastric band known as the Lap-Band.
The Teen Weight-Loss Surgery Boom Alizah Salario September 29, 2010

One bikini bottom has an adjustable waist that allows women to wear it either high or low waisted.
Model Robyn Lawley Debuts Plus-Size Bathing-Suit Line Isabel Wilkinson July 15, 2013

That experience has now translated into her latest invention: a smaller bag featuring an adjustable strap.
Concealed Carry Handbags: An Evening Bag for Your Gun? Erin Cunningham October 14, 2013

The depth of cut is adjustable to multiple settings, but there is no julienne blade.
The Chef’s Secret Weapon Chad Ward November 2, 2009

Historical Examples

It has a longer barrel than any other automatic pistol and is fitted with adjustable sights.
Pistol and Revolver Shooting A. L. A. Himmelwright

The centreboard is an adjustable keel that can be raised or lowered at pleasure.
Boat-Building and Boating Daniel Carter Beard

This indicates that it is adjustable to any tongue, and performable in any tongue.
The Man That Corrupted Hadleyburg and Other Stories Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens)

The shelves are made to be adjustable, and not fixed as in other problems.
The Library of Work and Play: Home Decoration Charles Franklin Warner

Desks should be adjustable in height, especially for growing children.
Essays In Pastoral Medicine Austin Malley


1775, from adjust + -able. Related: Adjustably; adjustability.


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