Definitions

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

  • adj. Not native to and not fully established in a new habitat or environment; locally or temporarily naturalized: an adventive weed.
  • n. An adventive organism.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. adventitious
  • adj. Of a plant that is not native, but was introduced by humans to a place and has since become naturalized.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Accidental.
  • adj. Adventitious.
  • n. A thing or person coming from without; an immigrant.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • . Accidental; adventitious.
  • Specifically In botany and zoology, only transient and locally spontaneous, not thoroughly naturalized: applied to introduced plants and animals.
  • n. One who or that which comes from without; an immigrant.

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

  • adj. not native and not fully established; locally or temporarily naturalized

Etymologies

From Latin adventus, arrival; see advent.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

Examples

  • Unto the first of these, the considerations of the original of the soul, whether it be native or adventive, and how far it is exempted from laws of matter, and of the immortality thereof, and many other points, do appertain: which have been not more laboriously inquired than variously reported; so as the travail therein taken seemeth to have been rather in a maze than in

    The Advancement of Learning

  • It appeareth likewise that I have assigned to summary philosophy the common principles and axioms which are promiscuous and indifferent to several sciences; I have assigned unto it likewise the inquiry touching the operation or the relative and adventive characters of essences, as quantity, similitude, diversity, possibility, and the rest, with this distinction and provision; that they be handled as they have efficacy in nature, and not logically.

    The Advancement of Learning

  • It is really from the union of Hellenism, in its breadth, its sanity of purpose, its calm possession of beauty, with the adventive, the intensified individualism, the passionate colour of the romantic spirit, that springs the art of the nineteenth century in England, as from the marriage of Faust and Helen of Troy sprang the beautiful boy Euphorion.

    Miscellanies

  • Unto the first of these, the considerations of the original of the soul, whether it be native or adventive, and how far it is exempted from laws of matter, and of the immortality thereof, and many other points, do appertain: which have been not more laboriously inquired than variously reported; so as the travail therein taken seemeth to have been rather in a maze than in a way.

    The Advancement of Learning

  • - Medicine, Botany, added from without; not essential; accidental; casual; acquired; adventive. adj., n.

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  • non-native

    February 27, 2010

  • But always to preserve the adventive
    Minute, never to destroy the truth
    —Lawrence Durrell, 'Cavafy'

    March 21, 2009