Definition of adoptive in English:

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Pronunciation: /əˈdäptiv/


1As a result of the adoption of another’s child: he is the adoptive father of his wife’s three children
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  • We spent most of the session talking about her relationship with her adoptive father, Eric.
  • Obviously it is easier on the child and adoptive parents if the child is adopted at an early age.
  • My adoptive mother gave me a copy of his obituary and three pictures of my father and told me the story.
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.
Example sentences
  • 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.



Example sentences
  • 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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