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from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun The quality of being adaptable; a quality that renders adaptable.
  • noun 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 the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun The quality of being adaptable; suitableness.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun The quality of being adaptable; a quality that renders adaptable.
  • noun 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.

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

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