American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- adj. Relating to or exhibiting adaptation.
- adj. Readily capable of adapting or of being adapted: an adaptive worker; adaptive clothing for children with special needs.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Of, pertaining to, or characterized by adaptation; making or made fit or suitable; susceptible of or undergoing accordant change. Much used in biology with reference to functional or physiological changes occasioned by variations of external conditions or environment, as opposed to homological. See
- adj. Of, pertaining to, characterized by or showing adaptation; making or made fit or suitable.
- adj. Capable of being adapted or of adapting; susceptible of or undergoing accordant change.
- adj. psychology Of a trait: that helps an individual to function well in society.
GNU Webster's 1913
- adj. Suited, given, or tending, to adaptation; characterized by adaptation; capable of adapting.
- adj. having a capacity for adaptation
“Ruan's model, however, which she calls adaptive, aims to accurately localize tumors in real-time by imaging smarter, rather than more frequently.”
“While modernizing the three-story building, the Meekers plan to also retain its historic flavor, which they call adaptive reuse.”
“It writes: "The idea of the big society is at its weakest when it is presented as a partisan technical solution to acute socio-economic problems, and at its strongest when viewed as a non-partisan long-term adaptive challenge to enrich our social and human capital.”
“Whether there is telic agency involved in adaptive evolution or just ruthless selection (not in evidence in many cases, all the way down to the genes themselves), there are reasons why birds have wings and mammals have hair and whales have subcutaneous fat … these things have function for the organism – they work.”
“But where is the direct supportive evidence for the assumption that complexity is rooted in adaptive processes?”
“Start with a replicating system having built-in adaptive mechanisms and guess what happens next?”
“For this purpose, control and regulating technology had to be further developed into self-regulating biomechatronic systems, which could also play a future role in adaptive production.”
“In some sense, planning to be flexible and adaptive is the most difficult type of planning that can be done.”
“Delbanco identifies a quality he calls "adaptive energy" in the old artists who continue to work, undaunted, to the last possible moment.”
“The Clinic is sponsored by of the Department of Veterans Affairs and Disabled American Veterans (DAV) to "promote rehabilitation by instructing veterans with disabilities in adaptive Alpine and Nordic skiing, and introducing them to a number of other adaptive recreational activities and sports.”
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