Definitions

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  • n. The quality of being adaptable; a quality that renders adaptable.
  • n. Variability in respect to, or under the influence of, external conditions; susceptibility of an organism to that variation whereby it becomes suited to or fitted for its conditions of environment; the capacity of an organism to be modified by circumstances.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The quality of being adaptable; suitableness.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The quality of being adaptable; a quality that renders adaptable.
  • n. Specifically, in biology, variability in respect to, or under the influence of, external conditions; susceptibility of an organism to that variation whereby it becomes suited to or fitted for its conditions of environment; the capacity of an organism to be modified by circumstances.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. the ability to change (or be changed) to fit changed circumstances

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Examples

  • But the backing musicians 'adaptability is this revue's great strength: drummers Jim Keltner and Jay Bellerose, bassist Dennis Crouch, guitarists Marc Ribot, Russ Paul and Jackson Smith, mandolinist Mike Compton and keyboardist Keefus Ciancia move effortlessly among styles.

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  • Flexibility and adaptability is essential to survival.

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  • In its simplest form, adaptability is the ability to rethink your plan when pressure renders it ineffective.

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  • Flexibility or adaptability is very important as a leader, and that same ability to change to fit the circumstances might influence one to cheat.

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  • The only thing we seem to have going for us is a certain adaptability and a capacity for survival.

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  • So adaptability is probably the key personality trait and the desire to always be experiencing new things as oppossed to being bored to death with the same ole tried and true. d sfmacaws

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  • It is this quality -- "adaptability" -- that allows it to be "kept in tune with the times," as the members of this school of thought sometimes say.

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  • My outlook is outstanding, my adaptability is my love of change and alacrity to welcome new things, and resilience?

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  • "Not only do mice share much of our genetic code, they also share our fundamental adaptability, which is why they're such good subjects for experimentation," says Garner.

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  • Britain's business and public sector community is defined in many ways by its adaptability, which is another way of saying its ability to adopt and change.

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