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Adjustment is a member of the word family adjust, included in the Academic Word List by Dr. Averil Coxhead, which contains the 570 most frequent word families used in academic texts from a variety of subject areas, of interest for students that learn the words most needed to study at tertiary institutions.

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Definition of the noun adjustment

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noun - plural: adjustments

  1. making or becoming suitable; adjusting to circumstances
  2. the act of making something different (as e.g. the size of a garment)
    • lexical domain: Acts - nouns denoting acts or actions
    • synonyms of adjustment: alteration / modification
    • more generic word: change = the action of changing something
    • more specific words:
      • loosening / laxation = the act of making something less tight
      • tightening = the act of making something tighter
      • accommodation = the automatic adjustment in focal length of the natural lens of the eye
      • adaptation = the responsive adjustment of a sense organ (as the eye) to varying conditions
      • tune = the adjustment of a radio receiver or other circuit to a required frequency
  3. the act of adjusting something to match a standard
    • lexical domain: Acts - nouns denoting acts or actions
    • synonyms of adjustment: readjustment / registration
    • more generic words: calibration / standardisation / standardization = the act of checking or adjusting (by comparison with a standard) the accuracy of a measuring instrument
    • more specific words:
      • alignment = the act of adjusting or aligning the parts of a device in relation to each other
      • collimation = the accurate adjustment of the line of sight of a telescope
      • temperament = an adjustment of the intervals (as in tuning a keyboard instrument) so that the scale can be used to play in different keys
      • tune-up = adjustments made to an engine to improve its performance
      • synchronisation / synchronization / synchronising / synchronizing = an adjustment that causes something to occur or recur in unison
      • voicing = the act of adjusting an organ pipe (or wind instrument) so that it conforms to the standards of tone and pitch and color
  4. the process of adapting to something (such as environmental conditions)
  5. an amount added or deducted on the basis of qualifying circumstances
    • lexical domain: Possessions - nouns denoting possession and transfer of possession
    • synonym of adjustment: allowance
    • more generic word: recompense = payment or reward
    • more specific terms:
      • cost-of-living allowance = an allowance for changes in the consumer price index
      • depreciation allowance = an allowance for loss due to depreciation
      • deduction / discount = an amount or percentage deducted
      • seasonal adjustment = a statistical adjustment made to accommodate predictable fluctuations as a function of the season of the year
      • tare = an adjustment made for the weight of the packaging in order to determine the net weight of the goods

Alternative definition of the noun adjustment


  1. a small change; a minor correction; a modification
  2. The behavioural process of balancing conflicting needs, or needs against obstacles in the environment.


  1. "Adjustment" a.k.a. "The Adjustment Bureau" is a 2011 American romantic science fiction thriller film loosely based on the Philip K. Dick short story, "Adjustment Team". The film was written and directed by George Nolfi and stars Matt Damon and Emily Blunt. The cast also includes Anthony Mackie, John Slattery, Michael Kelly, and Terence Stamp.
  2. "Adjustment" is an award-nominated short film, written and directed by Ian Mackinnon.


Adjustment: In psychology, adjustment refers to the behavioural process of balancing conflicting needs, or needs against obstacles in the environment. Humans and animals regularly do this, for example, when they are stimulated by their physiological state to seek food, they eat to reduce their hunger and thus adjust to the hunger stimulus. Adjustment disorder occurs when there is an inability to make a normal adjustment to some need or stress in the environment.

Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for Adjustment

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Google previewThe International Journal of Indian Psychology, Volume 2, Issue 1, No. 3 (2014)

by IJIP.In

Adjustment refers to the extent to which an object fits the purpose for which it is intended.

Adjustment is a static equilibrium between an organism and its physical and social surroundings in which there is no stimulus change evoking a ...

Google previewTax Guide for Small Business (1985)

Some of these adjustments are briefly discussed next. ACE depreciation. The adjustment is the excess of AMT depreciation over ACE depreciation. If ACE depreciation exceeds AMT depreciation, the adjustment is a negative amount. The ADS ...

Google previewA Selection of ... Internal Revenue Service Tax Information Publications (1989)

The adjustment is the difference between the total depreciation for all property for alternative minimum tax purposes and the total depreciation for regular income tax purposes. The effect of using two different types of depreciation (one for ...

Google previewPrinciples of Knowledge Representation and Reasoning (1994)

Proceedings of the Fourth International Conference (KR'94), Bonn, Germany, May 24-27, 1994 by Jon Doyle, Erik Sandewall

Intuitively, an adjustment is a transmutation which is commanded by the principle of minimal change, that is, an OCF is changed or disturbed 'as little as necessary' so as to accept the information with the desired degree of acceptance. In other ...

Google previewLibrary and Information Center Management, 8th Edition (2012)

by Robert D. Stueart, Barbara B. Moran, Claudia J. Morner

mutual adjustment means informal communication. Because it is so simple, mutual adjustment is the coordinating mechanism used in the simplest of organizations, such as a small library with few employees. No elaborate hierarchy is ...

Google previewCanada Among Nations 1986 (1987)

Talking Trade by Brian Tomlin, Maureen Appel Molot

Narrowly defined, industrial adjustment means changes in the shares of output and employment of different sectors or industries within an economy. In a broader sense, industrial adjustment is also characterized by changes in the structure of ...

Google previewThe European Union and the South (2002)

Relations with Developing Countries by Marjorie Lister

Structural adjustment means reducing demand in the economy—often at the expense of the poor— while increasing production, particularly for export. Other models, notably the UN Economic Commission for Africa's 1989 African Alternative ...

Google previewLubkin's Chronic Illness (2014)

by Fngna Associate Dean and Professor Fay W Whitney School of Nursing University of Wyoming Laramie Wyoming Pamala D Larsen

Adjustment refers to the changes in life that are made continuously when one has a chronic illness. Adjustment is not static, but dynamic. What is interesting about the terms “adaptation” and “adjustment” is that psychologists describe these ...

Google previewWhen is Fiscal Adjustment an Illusion? (1999)

by William Russell Easterly

Fiscal adjustment is an illusion when it lowers the budget deficit or public debt but leaves government net worth unchanged. Conventional measures of the deficit mostly capture the change in explicit government liabilities (debt), and mostly do ...

Google previewOrthospinology Procedures (2007)

An Evidence-based Approach to Spinal Care by Kirk Eriksen, Roderic P. Rochester

The Orthospinology adjustment is the culmination of the precision of the X-ray equipment alignment, the accuracy of the...

Google previewResearch Administration and Management (2008)

by Elliott C. Kulakowski, Lynne U. Chronister

The “Bruce Case” Rule The basis for most determinations of equitable adjustment is the series of decisions involving the Bruce Construction Company. The rule emanating from these cases is that the proper measure of value of an equitable ...

Google previewThe Study of Organizations (1995)

Positions, Persons, and Patterns by Larry C. Ingram

Secondary adjustment is the attempt to appear sincerely attached to the role one is playing while still engaging in...

Google previewInternal Revenue Service Tax Information Publications


The adjustment is the difference between the total depreciation for all property for alternative minimum tax purposes and the total depreciation for regular income tax purposes. The effect of using two different types of depreciation (one for ...

Google previewAdorno (2002)

The Stars Down to Earth and Other Essays on the Irrational in Culture by Theodor Adorno

One specific advice promoting “extroverted” adjustment is the attack on the “ inflated ego.” Reckoning with the narcissistic28 sensitivities of the addressee, the columnist is careful not to blame him for such a deformity, but rather refers to ...

Google previewStructural Adjustment and Macroeconomic Policy Issues (1992)

by V. A. Jafarey

An understanding of the macroeconomic issues surrounding structural adjustment is a vital part of the International Monetary Fund's work and a crucial aspect of policy formulation in developing countries. Although at times differences have ...

Google previewCornerstones of Financial Accounting (2016)

by CTI Reviews

Debt adjustment is a form of debt relief that allows a government, organization, corporation, or individual to repay a debt over a longer period of time and with smaller payment amounts than the lender and borrower originally agreed upon.

Google previewEncyclopedia of Stress: A-D (2000)

The adjustment disorders are classified according to the predominant clinical symptoms. Six subtypes are identified and coded in DSM-IV. Three define discrete symptomatic presentations (depressed mood, anxious mood, disturbance of ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Clinical Child and Pediatric Psychology (2012)

by Thomas H. Ollendick, Carolyn S. Schroeder

Adjustment Disorders Reschly, D. J. (1982). Assessing mild mental retardation: The influence of adaptive behavior, socioeconomic status, and prospects for nonbiased assessment. In C. R. Reynolds & T. B. Gutkin (Eds.), The handbook of ...

Google previewDictionary of Health Insurance and Managed Care (2006)

by David E. Marcinko, MBA, CFP, CMP

ADJUSTMENT INDIRECT MEDICAL EDUCATION (IME) ADJUSTMENT: A payment adjustment applied to diagnosis-related groups and outlier payments under a prospective payment system for ...

Google previewRoutledge Encyclopedia of Language Teaching and Learning (2013)

by Michael Byram, Adelheid Hu

aGeographical migration, psychological adjustment, and reformation of professional identity: the double culture shock experience of international pharmacy graduates in Ontario (Canada)«, Globalisation, Societies and ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Depression [2 volumes] (2010)

by Linda Wasmer Andrews

ADJUSTMENT DISORDER WITH DEPRESSED MOOD. An adjustment disorder is a psychological response to a stressful situation that leads to more distress than would normally be expected or causes problems in the person's work, school, ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Industrial and Organizational Psychology (2007)

by Steven G. Rogelberg

international adjustment variables), directly relates to expatriate success. The other type, distal predictors, indirectly affects expatriate success through proximal predictors. Proximal Predictors Research on ...

Google previewThe Corsini Encyclopedia of Psychology (2010)

by Irving B. Weiner, W. Edward Craighead

School adjustment is the degree of school acculturation required or adaptations necessitated for maximizing the educational fit between students' unique characteristics and the distinct nature and requirements of learning environments .

Google previewEncyclopedia of Stress, Three-Volume Set (2000)

The adjustment disorders are classified according to the predominant clinical symptoms. Six subtypes are identified and coded in DSM-IV. Three define discrete symptomatic presentations (depressed mood, anxious mood, disturbance of ...

Google previewThe SAGE Encyclopedia of Marriage, Family, and Couples Counseling (2016)

by Jon Carlson, Shannon B. Dermer

Adjustment disorder is found in the category of trauma- and stressor-related disorders in the fifth edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5) with the common criterion of a significant stressor. The disorder is ...

Google previewThe Wiley Blackwell Encyclopedia of Adulthood and Aging, 3 Volume Set (2016)

by Susan Krauss Whitbourne

Future research should be sensitive to these differences in dispositional and situational goal adjustment capacities to further elucidate the relationship between the two. Finally, research should begin to investigate how goal adjustment ...

Google previewThe Adobe Photoshop CS4 Dictionary (2009)

The A to Z Desktop Reference of Photoshop by Philip Andrews

Menu: – Shortcut: – See also: Camera Raw 5, Graduated Filter Version: CS4, ACR5 The Adjustment Brush (shortcut key - K) is new for the version of Adobe Camera Raw (ACR) that ships with Photoshop CS4. The tool uses a Brush icon and is ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of African History 3-Volume Set (2013)

by Kevin Shillington

Beyond Structural Adjustment in Africa: The Political Economy of Sustainable and Democratic Development. New York: Praeger, 1992. Nyerere ...

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Insanity -- a perfectly rational adjustment to an insane world. (R. D. Lang)
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The value of this 10-letter word is 20 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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