the act of ; adaptation to a particular condition, position, or purpose.
the state of being ; orderly relation of parts or elements.
a device, as a knob or lever, for :
the adjustments on a television set.
the act of bringing something into conformity with external requirements:
the adjustment of one’s view of reality.
harmony achieved by modification or change of a position:
They worked out an adjustment of their conflicting ideas.
Sociology. a process of modifying, adapting, or altering individual or collective patterns of behavior so as to bring them into conformity with other such patterns, as with those provided by a cultural environment.
Insurance. the act of ascertaining the amount of indemnity that the party insured is entitled to receive under the policy, and of settling the claim.
a settlement of a disputed account or claim.
a change or concession, as in price or other terms, in view of minor defect or the like.
Contemporary Examples

But that $450 billion adjustment is more than the GDP of most of the countries in the world.
Republicans Must Engage the Tough Politics of Illegal Immigration Stuart Stevens June 17, 2013

But it is ordinary people who are going to be hit hard by this and it is going to be a long and painful process of adjustment.
Crimeans Are Resigned To Pro-Russia Vote Jamie Dettmer March 14, 2014

What the hell would go to all the trouble—if he could make the “adjustment” in a “normal” way.
Elia Kazan to Tennessee Williams: You Gotta Suffer to Sing the Blues Elia Kazan April 30, 2014

In South Korea, she also reported on North Korean defectors and their adjustment into capitalist Seoul.
Is a GED More Valuable Than a PhD? Kai Ma January 12, 2009

The Burnses seem as loving as a family can be, despite a brief period of adjustment when Joel came out at age 20.
Gay Teens’ New Champion Opens Up Claire Howorth October 16, 2010

Historical Examples

It had been forced upon him; it was an adjustment to circumstances, the wisest wisdom.
Clara Hopgood Mark Rutherford

The adjustment is to be accomplished entirely by the poise of the body.
The Forest Stewart Edward White

The adjustment of the relations of the two races must take place here; and it is taking place slowly, but surely.
The Future of the American Negro Booker T. Washington

But it’s not adjustment to me; so I’m afraid I shall have some intelligence in this matter.
The Book of the Damned Charles Fort

Unlike the industrial workers, he is unable to demand an adjustment of his income to the changed index of living.
Herbert Hoover Vernon Kellogg

the act of adjusting or state of being adjusted
a control for regulating: the adjustment for volume is beside the speaker

1640s, from French ajustement or else a native formation from adjust (v.) + -ment.

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