adjustment: Meaning and Definition of


Pronunciation: (u-just'munt), [key]
— n.
  1. the act of adjusting; adaptation to a particular condition, position, or purpose.
  2. the state of being adjusted; orderly relation of parts or elements.
  3. a device, as a knob or lever, for adjusting: the adjustments on a television set.
  4. the act of bringing something into conformity with external requirements: the adjustment of one's view of reality.
  5. harmony achieved by modification or change of a position: They worked out an adjustment of their conflicting ideas.
  6. 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.
  7. the act of ascertaining the amount of indemnity that the party insured is entitled to receive under the policy, and of settling the claim.
  8. a settlement of a disputed account or claim.
  9. a change or concession, as in price or other terms, in view of minor defect or the like.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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