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Legal Definition and Related Resources of Adjournment

Meaning of Adjournment

The dismissal by some court, legislative assembly, or properly authorized olficer, of the business before them, either finally, which, as popularly used, is called an adjournment sine die, without day, or to meet again at another time appointed, which is called a temporary adjournment. See “Postponement.” In Civil Law. A calling Into court; a summoning at an appointed time. Du Cange.

Translate Adjournment from English to Spanish

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What does Adjournment mean in American Law?

The definition of Adjournment in the law of the United States, as defined by the lexicographer Arthur Leff in his legal dictionary is:

See adjourn.


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Synonyms of Adjournment


  • adjournal
  • break
  • continuation
  • deferment
  • dilatio
  • discontinuation
  • extension
  • holdover
  • intermission
  • interruption
  • moratorium
  • postponement
  • prolongation
  • prorogation
  • protraction
  • recess
  • reservation
  • respite
  • stay
  • suspension
  • termination
  • Associated Concepts: adjournment for a session
  • adjournment for the term
  • adjournment in contemplation of dismissal
  • adjournment of a trial
  • adjournment of a hearing
  • adjournment of the court
  • sine die

Adjournment in Law Enforcement

Main Entry: Law Enforcement in the Legal Dictionary. This section provides, in the context of Law Enforcement, a partial definition of adjournment.


This term is a noun.

Etimology of Adjournment

(You may find adjournment at the world legal encyclopedia and the etimology of more terms).

mid-15c., from Old French ajornement “daybreak, dawn; summons (to appear in court),” from ajorner (see adjourn), with unetymological -d- added in English on the mistaken notion of a Latin origin. Adjournment is the act by which an assembly suspends its session in virtue of authority inherent in itself; it may be also the time or interval of such suspension. A recess is a customary suspension of business, as during the period of certain recognized or legal holidays …. Recess is also popularly used for a brief suspension of business for any reason: as, it was agreed that there be a recess of ten minutes. [Century Dictionary]


See Also

  • Law Enforcement Officer
  • Police Officer
  • Law Enforcement Agency

Further Reading

English Legal System: Adjournment

In the context of the English law, A Dictionary of Law provides the following legal concept of Adjournment :

(in court procedure)

The postponement or suspension of the hearing of a case until a future date. The hearing may be adjourned to a fixed date or sine die (without day), i.e. for an indefinite period. If an adjournment is granted at the request of a party the court may attach conditions, e.g. relating to the payment of any *costs thrown away.


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