Definition of adaptive in English:

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Pronunciation: /əˈdaptɪv/


chiefly technical
Characterized by or given to adaptation: mutation is ultimately essential for adaptive evolution in all populations
More example sentences
  • You can even make the case that it is an evolutionary adaptive behaviour.
  • The adaptive skills are those daily living skills needed to live, work and play in the community.
  • It also features adaptive headlights that swivel with the direction of travel to illuminate the road ahead.



Example sentences
  • These traits are adaptively advantageous when people are confronted with suffering, illness, or death, which is inevitable with advancing age.
  • Only generalised distress, they assert, represents a failure to respond adaptively to social challenge.
  • These results indicate that male fruit flies adaptively refine their courtship behavior with experience.


Pronunciation: /adapˈtɪvɪti/
Example sentences
  • Age plus adaptivity is what makes a building come to be loved.
  • Further, this approach can easily be applied to other nutrient and environmental stresses challenging plant adaptivity, or also to investigations of plant developmental programmes.
  • To achieve these new levels of vigilance, safety, and adaptivity, we must fundamentally rethink how we program embedded systems.

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