- (interjection) Spoken by a player before adjusting a piece on the chessboard, to indicate that he or she is not making a move in the game.
- (exclamation) an expression of an intention to touch a piece in order to adjust its placement rather than to make a move
"If a player touches a man with the sole object of adjusting his position, he must indicate his intention by saying "j'adoube""
"Your question reminds me of another hypothetical situation: suppose someone is going to adjust a piece, and instead of saying "j'adoube" or "I adjust" accidentally says "en passant.""
"One can make a correction in a script and save oneself the scorn by announcing "Got a show saver" first, much like saying "j'adoube" in chess.""
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