Definitions

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The act of adopting, or state of being adopted; voluntary acceptance of a child of other parents to be the same as one's own child.
  • n. Admission to a more intimate relation; reception; as, the adoption of persons into hospitals or monasteries, or of one society into another.
  • n. The choosing and making that to be one's own which originally was not so; acceptance; as, the adoption of opinions.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The act of adopting, or state of being adopted; voluntary acceptance of a child of other parents to be the same as one's own child.
  • n. Admission to a more intimate relation; reception.
  • n. The choosing and making that to be one's own which originally was not so; acceptance.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The act of adopting or taking as one's own; a choosing for use, or by way of preference or approval; assumption; formal acceptance: as, the adoption of a distinctive dress; he favored the adoption of the bill; the adoption of a new word into a language.
  • n. The act of taking into an affiliated relation; admission to some or all of the privileges of natural kinship or membership: as, the adoption of a child; adoption into a tribe; a son by adoption.
  • n. In theology, that act of divine grace by which, through Christ, those who have been justified “are taken into the number and enjoy the liberties and privileges of the children of God.”

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

  • n. a legal proceeding that creates a parent-child relation between persons not related by blood; the adopted child is entitled to all privileges belonging to a natural child of the adoptive parents (including the right to inherit)
  • n. the appropriation (of ideas or words etc) from another source
  • n. the act of accepting with approval; favorable reception

Etymologies

French adoption, Latin adoptio, allied to adoptare to adopt. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • "The spirit of adoption" Luther translates "the spirit of a child;" _adoption_ he translates

    Unspoken Sermons Series I., II., and II.

  • At the moment, official contact in adoption is most often made through the “letterbox” process.

    Adopted Children Face Anguish As Birth Parents Stalk Them On Facebook | Impact Lab

  • I would love the word adoption not to be part of our vocabulary, along with disease, war and poverty.

    NEWS.com.au | Top Stories

  • The book was a great overview, but Kyle provided the nitty-gritty details as well as the relationship problems that sometimes surfaced in what he called the adoption triad—the adoptive couple, the birth parents, and the child.

    Saving Grace

  • Our native land, or the country of our adoption is as dear to us as to the other indwellers.

    The Jews and Patriotism

  • In 2006, the Democrats abandoned their gun control agenda and looked to field pro-life Democrats as the Republicans were being attacked by the Drive-by media for corruption that resulted from the plutocracy of public / private partnerships, or what I call the adoption of liberal crony socialism (a phenomena that Todd Epp incorrectly labels as crony capitalism).

    Sibby Online

  • Plus, when they engage in routines and rituals, and experience their positive consequences, your children gain "buy-in" and ownership of the messages which is essential for their long-term adoption of those messages.

    Dr. Jim Taylor: Four Surefire Ways to Send Messages to Your Children

  • We think a healthy percentage of Google Docs adoption is coming from ad hoc use.

    Google Docs gains traction in the office

  • Once applications can easily consume data – and the easier the better – one significant barrier to adoption is removed and the opportunity for users to find value opens up.

    Stowe Boyd launches Microsyntax.org | FactoryCity

  • But the core service relies on using just two tags which seem to be have moderate usage — proving that getting adoption is always the hard part of any metadata-based communication strategy.

    FactoryCity — This can all be made better. Ready? Begin.

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