from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.
- adjective Characteristic of or having to do with adoption.
- adjective Related by adoption.
- adjective Being a place that one has moved to or resettled in.
from The Century Dictionary.
- Fitted for or given to adopting: as, a receptive and adoptive language. Constituted by adoption; adopting or adopted: as, an adoptive father or son. Assumed: as, “adoptive and cheerful boldness,” Milton, Ref. in Eng., i.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.
- adjective Pertaining to adoption; made or acquired by adoption; fitted to adopt
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.
- adjective Related through
adoption; more generally, relating to adoption.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- adjective acquired as your own by free choice
- adjective of parents and children; related by adoption
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As Philolaus gave them laws concerning many other things, so did he upon adoption, which they call adoptive laws; and this he in particular did to preserve the number of families.
Politics: A Treatise on Government 384 BC-322 BC Aristotle
But, as the mere fact of the unction does not effect a radical unification (for this schools rejects absorption), the unification is made perfect, according to them, by what they call the adoptive birth of Christ -- the ultimate result of the unction of the Father.
Second, if Diamond was correct then forager children raised in adoptive Western homes should become as smart as or, indeed, smarter than their white siblings.
* Absent or divorced parents; inadequate bonding in adoptive families
The concept by which state and local law enforcement agencies still circumvent the Missouri Constitution is known as "adoptive forfeiture."
Wired Top Stories Spencer Ackerman 2011
In short-term adoptive transfer experiments S1P1-deficient mature B cells accumulated in the BM, but a role for S1P1 in egress was not established
PLoS ONE Alerts: New Articles João Pedro Pereira et al. 2010
Danny picked up the phone and called their adoptive mother, June, on her cell phone, and told her what happened.
The Three Furies Kaza Kingsley 2010
"We call adoptive him who is stranger to the adopter."
The Catholic Encyclopedia, Volume 1: Aachen-Assize 1840-1916 1913
Kalos said past efforts to use the technique, known as "adoptive T-cell transfer," failed either because the T-cell response was too weak or proved too toxic for normal tissue.
"As we speak, my officials are calling adoptive parents as we identify which children are on the flight," Kenney said Saturday.
Ottawa Sun 2010