Adjourn Definition and Legal Meaning

On this page, you'll find the legal definition and meaning of Adjourn, written in plain English, along with examples of how it is used.

What is Adjourn?

v. to dismiss, by some court, legislative assembly, or properly authorized officer, the business or proceedings. Two kind of adjourning could be possible, 1.) sine die which is final dismissal, upon resolution of the thing being considered or, 2.) temporary adjourning in which the parties involved decide to meet again at some other time. The need to adjourn may arise from lack of quorum (typically in legislative bodies and during meeting) or from the need to take a break (as in chess).