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adjustment

noun     /əˈdʒʌstmənt/
[C or U] a slight change made to something to make it fit , work better , or be more suitable , or the act of making such a change : A small adjustment at the right place can make a significant difference . If the colour does not appear quite right , check your monitor settings for adjustment.adjustment to sth The final plan will serve as an adjustment to the two-year budget approved last year .
[C or U] a slight change to figures according to inflation , the time of year , etc. so that they can be compared in a useful way with other figures , or the act of making such a change : adjustment to sth The finance minister will again delay the inflation adjustment to excise duty on petrol .adjustment for sth The population has been split into 10 equal groups , ranked by income , after adjustment for family size .
[U] the process of becoming more familiar with a new situation : make an adjustment This is a very, very big adjustment for us to make.
[U] INSURANCE the job of getting information about an accident , theft , etc. in order to decide how much money to pay an insurance customer : There was a breach in the insurance companies ' adjustment and payment .
[C] INSURANCE the amount of money that an insurance company pays to a customer who has been involved in an accident , had something stolen , etc.: After calculating what the adjustment should have been, they analyse how the insurance company adjustments deviated from reality . → See also cost of living adjustment, debt adjustment
(Definition of adjustment noun from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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