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 for adjustment
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Adjustment \Ad*just"ment\ (-ment), n. [Cf. F. ajustement. See
     1. The act of adjusting, or condition of being adjusted; act
        of bringing into proper relations; regulation.
        [1913 Webster]
              Success depends on the nicest and minutest
              adjustment of the parts concerned.    --Paley.
        [1913 Webster]
     2. (Law) Settlement of claims; an equitable arrangement of
        conflicting claims, as in set-off, contribution,
        exoneration, subrogation, and marshaling. --Bispham.
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     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
        [1913 Webster]
     Syn: Suiting; fitting; arrangement; regulation; settlement;
          adaptation; disposition.
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

      n 1: making or becoming suitable; adjusting to circumstances
           [syn: adjustment, accommodation, fitting]
      2: the act of making something different (as e.g. the size of a
         garment) [syn: alteration, modification, adjustment]
      3: the act of adjusting something to match a standard [syn:
         adjustment, registration, readjustment]
      4: the process of adapting to something (such as environmental
         conditions) [syn: adaptation, adaption, adjustment]
      5: an amount added or deducted on the basis of qualifying
         circumstances; "an allowance for profit" [syn: allowance,

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  192 Moby Thesaurus words for "adjustment":
     abatement of differences, about-face, acclimation, acclimatization,
     accommodation, accord, accordance, accustoming, acquiescence,
     adaptation, adaption, adjusting, adjustive reaction, agreement,
     alignment, alteration, altering, amelioration, apostasy,
     arrangement, assimilation, attunement, bad condition, balance,
     bargain, bearings, betterment, break, breaking, breaking-in,
     calibrating, calibration, case hardening, change, change of heart,
     changeableness, charting, closing, coaptation, codification,
     compliance, composition, composition of differences, compromise,
     concession, conclusion, conditioning, conformance,
     conformation other-direction, conformity, congruity, consistency,
     constructive change, continuity, conventionality, conversion,
     coordination, cop-out, correcting, correction, correspondence,
     deal, defection, degeneration, degenerative change,
     desertion of principle, deterioration, deviation, difference,
     discontinuity, disorientation, divergence, diversification,
     diversion, diversity, domestication, enablement, equalization,
     equalizing, equating, equation, equilibration, equipment,
     evasion of responsibility, evening, evening up, familiarization,
     fettle, fit, fitting, flexibility, flip-flop, form, fulfillment,
     furnishing, give-and-take, giving way, good condition,
     gradual change, habituation, hardening, harmonization, harmony,
     housebreaking, improvement, integrated personality, integration,
     inurement, keeping, line, malleability, melioration, methodization,
     mitigation, modification, modulation, mutual concession,
     naturalization, normalization, obedience, observance, order,
     ordination, organization, orientation, orthodoxy, overthrow,
     planning, pliancy, psychosynthesis, qualification, radical change,
     rationalization, re-creation, readjustment, realignment,
     reconcilement, reconciliation, redesign, reform, reformation,
     regularization, regulating, regulation, rehabilitation, remaking,
     renewal, repair, reshaping, resolution, restructuring, reversal,
     revival, revivification, revolution, routinization, sealing,
     seasoning, setting, settlement, shape, shift, signature, signing,
     solemnization, squaring, strictness, sudden change, surrender,
     switch, synchronization, syntonic personality, systematization,
     taming, terms, timing, total change, traditionalism, training,
     transition, trim, tuning, turn, turnabout, understanding,
     uniformity, upheaval, variation, variety, violent change,
     worsening, yielding

From Bouvier's Law Dictionary, Revised 6th Ed (1856) :

  ADJUSTMENT, maritime law. The adjustment of a loss is the settling and
  ascertaining the amount of the indemnity which the insured after all proper
  allowances and deductions have been made, is entitled to receive, and the
  proportion of this, which each underwriter is liable to pay, under the
  policy Marsh. Ins. B. 1, c. 14, p. 617 or it is a written admission of the
  amounts of the loss as settled between the parties to a policy of insurance.
  3 Stark. Ev. 1167, 8.
       2. In adjusting a loss, the first thing to be considered is, how the
  quantity of damages for which the underwriters are liable, shall be
  ascertained.  When a loss is a total loss, and the insured decides to
  abandon, he must give notice of this to the underwriters iii a reasonable
  time, otherwise he will waive his right to abandon, and must be content to
  claim only for a partial loss. Marsh. Ins. B.1, c.3, s.2; 15 East, 559;
  1 T. R. 608; 9 East, 283; 13 East 304; 6 Taunt. 383. When the loss is
  admitted to be total, and the policy is a valued one, the insured is
  entitled to receive the whole sum insured, subject to such deductions as may
  have been agreed by the policy to be made in case of loss.
       3. The quantity of damages being known, the next point to be settled,
  is, by what rule this shall be estimated.  The price of a thing does not
  afford a just criterion to ascertain its true value. It may have been bought
  very dear or very cheap.  The circumstances of time and place cause a
  continual variation in the price of things. For this reason, in cases of
  general average, the things saved contribute not according to prune cost,
  but according to the price for which they may be sold at the time of
  settling the average. Marsh. Ins. B. 1, c. 14, s. 2, p. 621; Laws of
  art. 20 Laws of Oleron, art. 8 this Dict. tit. Price. And see 4 Dall. 430; 1
  Caines' R. 80; 2 S. & R. 229 2 S.& R. 257, 258.
       4. An adjustment being endorsed on the policy, and signed by the
  underwriters, with the promise to pay in a given time, is prima facie
  evidence against them, and amounts to an admission of all the facts
  necessary to be proved by the insured to entitle him to recover in an action
  on the policy.  It is like a note of hand, and being proved, the insured has
  no occasion to go into proof of any other circumstances. Marsh. Ins. B. 1,
  c. 14, s. 3, p. 632; 3 Stark. Ev. 1167, 8 Park. ch. 4; Wesk. Ins, 8; Beaw.
  Lex. Mer. 310; Com. Dig. Merchant, E 9; Abbott on Shipp. 346 to 348. See

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