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.

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

Origin: Cf. F. Ajustement. See Adjust.

(01 Mar 1998)