Definition of adoptive in English:


Syllabification: a·dop·tive
Pronunciation: /əˈdäptiv


  • 1As a result of the adoption of another’s child: adoptive parents
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    • As a teenager, he had been contacted by his brother's adoptive parents and had been able to forge a new relationship with him.
    • Is it about a man forging a new relationship with his adoptive mother?
    • We spent most of the session talking about her relationship with her adoptive father, Eric.
  • 1.1Denoting a country or city to which a person has moved and in which they have chosen to make their permanent place of residence.
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    • His final resting place was his beloved adoptive country - Singapore.
    • To the emigrant Irish and to their adoptive countries, the shamrock logo represented all that was best in Irishness.
    • At the 2000 Games, she won the silver medal for her adoptive country in the first women's Olympic pole vault.



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  • It resembles the immunosuppression caused by UVB at the cellular level in that it is adoptively transferable.
  • This state of unresponsiveness could be adoptively transferred to partially immunosuppressed recipients.
  • Elmets and Bowen noted their immunosuppression was adoptively transferable.


late Middle English: via Old French from Latin adoptivus, from adoptare 'select for oneself' (see adopt).

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