Definitions

from The Century Dictionary.

  • Tending or serving to adjust.

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  • adjective rare Tending to adjust.

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  • adjective Tending to adjust.

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  • adjective conducive to adjustment

Etymologies

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adjust +‎ -ive

Examples

  • White middle-class recruits were particularly sensitive to this perceived loss of status; as a group, they developed a whole arsenal of "adjustive reactions" that enabled them to maintain self-esteem while acceding to Army discipline.

    Miss Yourlovin: GIs, Gender, and Domesticity during World War II

  • But I want those number on that Republican turnout because the adjustive we've heard is dispirited.

    CNN Transcript Jan 19, 2008

  • Ethan found himself shivering as the minus sixty tem-perature pressed at his survival suit's adjustive potentials.

    Mission to Moulokin

  • Apart from all that I have said, is it not in itself a strikingly suggestive fact that consciousness only, yet always, appears upon the scene when the adjustive actions of any animal body rise above the certain level of intricacy to which I have alluded?

    Mind and Motion and Monism

  • The use of mind to animals is thus rendered apparent; for intelligent volition is thus shown to be a true cause of adjustive movement, in that the cerebration which it involves could not otherwise be possible: the causation would not otherwise be complete.

    Mind and Motion and Monism

  • Now, in as far as it is detrimental to a developing type that it should pass through any particular ancestral phases of development, we may be sure that natural selection -- or whatever other adjustive causes we may suppose to have been at work in the adaptation of organisms to their surroundings -- will constantly seek to get rid of this necessity, with the result, when successful, of dropping out the detrimental phases.

    Darwin, and After Darwin (Vol. 1 and 3, of 3) An Exposition of the Darwinian Theory and a Discussion of Post-Darwinian Questions

  • Psychologists, I repeat, habitually ignore this fact, and constantly speak of feeling and intelligence as true causes of adjustive action; but by so doing they merely beg from this contradictory theory of

    Mind and Motion and Monism

  • Furthermore, the use of mind to animals and to men is thus rendered apparent; for intelligent volition is thus shown to be a true cause of adjustive movement, in that the cerebration which it involves could not otherwise be possible: the causation would not otherwise be complete.

    Mind and Motion and Monism

  • Just as in the lifetime of the individual adjustive actions which were originally intelligent may by frequent repetition become automatic, so in the lifetime of species actions originally intelligent may by frequent repetition and heredity so write their effects on the nervous system that the latter is prepared, even before individual experience, to perform adjustive actions mechanically which in previous generations were performed intelligently.

    Selections from Previous Works and Remarks on Romanes' Mental Evolution in Animals

  • Just as in the lifetime of the individual adjustive actions which were originally intelligent may by frequent repetition become automatic, so in the lifetime of species actions originally intelligent may by frequent repetition and heredity so write their effects on the nervous system that the latter is prepared, even before individual experience, to perform adjustive actions mechanically which in previous generations were performed intelligently.

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