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Dictionary Definition

adjustment

Noun

1 making or becoming suitable; adjusting to circumstances [syn: accommodation, fitting]
2 the act of making something different (as e.g. the size of a garment) [syn: alteration, modification]
3 the act of adjusting something to match a standard [syn: registration, readjustment]
4 the process of adapting to something (such as environmental conditions) [syn: adaptation]
5 an amount added or deducted on the basis of qualifying circumstances; "an allowance for profit" [syn: allowance]

User Contributed Dictionary

English

Pronunciation

  • /əˈdʒʌst.mənt/, /@"dZVst.m@nt/

Noun

adjustment
  1. a small change; a minor correction; a modification
    I adjusted my Wiktionary preferences to enlarge the edit box.
    The credit card company made an adjustment to my account to waive the late fee.

Related terms

Translations

small change
[[simple:adjustment

Extensive Definition

Adjustment (from late Latin ad-juxtare, derived from juxta, near, but early confounded with a supposed derivation from Justus, right), regulating, adapting or settling; in commercial law, the settlement of a loss incurred on insured goods.
The calculation of the amounts to be made good to and paid by the several interests is a complicated matter. It involves much detail and arithmetic, and requires a full and accurate knowledge of the principles of the subject. Such adjustments are made by adjusters, who make the subject their profession. In Great Britain they are for the most part members of the Average Adjusters' Association (1870), a body which has done much careful work with a view to making and keeping the practice uniform and in accord with right principles. This association has gradually formulated, at their annual meetings, a body of practical rules which the individual members undertake to observe. For more information see: General average, and Marine Insurance.

References

adjustment in German: Justierung
adjustment in Spanish: Ajuste
adjustment in Russian: Юстировка
adjustment in Simple English: Adjustment
adjustment in Serbian: Прилагођавање

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

abatement of differences, about-face, acclimation, acclimatization, accommodation, accord, accordance, accustoming, acquiescence, adaptation, adaption, adjusting, adjustive reaction, agreement, alignment, alteration, altering, amelioration, apostasy, arrangement, assimilation, attunement, bad condition, balance, bargain, bearings, betterment, break, breaking, breaking-in, calibrating, calibration, case hardening, change, change of heart, changeableness, charting, closing, coaptation, codification, compliance, composition, composition of differences, compromise, concession, conclusion, conditioning, conformance, conformation other-direction, conformity, congruity, consistency, constructive change, continuity, conventionality, conversion, coordination, cop-out, correcting, correction, correspondence, deal, defection, degeneration, degenerative change, desertion of principle, deterioration, deviation, difference, discontinuity, disorientation, divergence, diversification, diversion, diversity, domestication, enablement, equalization, equalizing, equating, equation, equilibration, equipment, evasion of responsibility, evening, evening up, familiarization, fettle, fit, fitting, flexibility, flip-flop, form, fulfillment, furnishing, give-and-take, giving way, good condition, gradual change, habituation, hardening, harmonization, harmony, housebreaking, improvement, integrated personality, integration, inurement, keeping, line, malleability, melioration, methodization, mitigation, modification, modulation, mutual concession, naturalization, normalization, obedience, observance, order, ordination, organization, orientation, orthodoxy, overthrow, planning, pliancy, psychosynthesis, qualification, radical change, rationalization, re-creation, readjustment, realignment, reconcilement, reconciliation, redesign, reform, reformation, regularization, regulating, regulation, rehabilitation, remaking, renewal, repair, reshaping, resolution, restructuring, reversal, revival, revivification, revolution, routinization, sealing, seasoning, setting, settlement, shape, shift, signature, signing, solemnization, squaring, strictness, sudden change, surrender, switch, synchronization, syntonic personality, systematization, taming, terms, timing, total change, traditionalism, training, transition, trim, tuning, turn, turnabout, understanding, uniformity, upheaval, variation, variety, violent change, worsening, yielding
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