from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Of or having to do with adoption.
  • adj. Characteristic of adoption.
  • adj. Related by adoption: "increased honesty and sharing between birth families, adoptive families and adoptees” ( Robyn S. Quinter). See Usage Note at adopt.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Related through adoption; more generally, relating to adoption.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Pertaining to adoption; made or acquired by adoption; fitted to adopt

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

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

  • adj. acquired as your own by free choice
  • adj. of parents and children; related by adoption


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