There is a kind of similarity between "selection" and "adjustment": When we have 5 options, and we "select" one option, we are "narrowing down out of 5 options, which one we will get in the end"

But when we have an existing object, say a house, and we "adjust" the house to be different, we are also "narrowing down out of all possible houses that could result from all possible adjustments, which one we will get in the end"

Is there a word that captures both of these connotations?

Sample sentence:

  • I have ___en the final version of the design. I first chose one out of the 5 basic designs, and then adjusted it according to our needs". Another: "I have ____en a design, but I'm not sure yet whether its the right one. I chose one out of the 5 basic designs, and adjusted it somewhat, but not sure if it should be adjusted more.

Edit: people still seem confused as to what exactly adjustment and selection have to do with each other: they are both ways of narrowing down to get to one out of a larger set of possibillities. With selection you choose one out of "pre-existing" set of possibillities, but with adjustment you narrow it down to one out of a set of possibilities (namely all possible outcomes that result from some kind of adjustment to a pre-existing object).

So the common characteristic is "narrowing down to one out of a set of possibillities"

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    Can you provide an example sentence that would use it? Aug 2, 2018 at 6:00
  • What do you need this for, your program?
    – tchrist
    Aug 2, 2018 at 6:11
  • The second case actually consists of selecting (making up one's mind about what or how) and then adjusting (making the changes accordingly.) They are distinct.
    – Kris
    Aug 2, 2018 at 7:01
  • Also, change and any of its synonyms could have an object.
    – Kris
    Aug 2, 2018 at 7:08
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    I suppose you ought to think out of that box to see the point in the right perspective.
    – Kris
    Aug 2, 2018 at 9:34

2 Answers 2


It feels a bit tenuous as "selection" and "adjustment" are distinct processes for your use as far as I can tell, but refinement might suit.


We refined our choice of house.

The refinement process involved evaluation of all options as well as consideration of possible adjsutments.

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    They are indeed distinct processes, that's why I'm trying to find a word that captures both of them... but yes, refinement is in the right direction, thankyou :)
    – user56834
    Aug 2, 2018 at 13:31

How about customise:

to build, fit, or alter according to individual specifications

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