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Adjustment

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Adjustment

1. The act of adjusting, or condition of being adjusted; act of bringing into proper relations; regulation. Success depends on the nicest and minutest adjustment of the parts concerned. (Paley)

2. Settlement of claims; an equitable arrangement of conflicting claims, as in set-off, contribution, exoneration, subrogation, and marshaling.

3. The operation of bringing all the parts of an instrument, as a microscope or telescope, into their proper relative position for use; the condition of being thus adjusted; as, to get a good adjustment; to be in or out of adjustment.

Synonym: Suiting, fitting, arrangement, regulation, settlement, adaptation, disposition.

Origin: cf. F. Ajustement. See adjust. The process of adapting to something (such as environmental conditions).