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


Sorry, no etymologies found.


Help support Wordnik (and make this page ad-free) by adopting the word adoptive.



Log in or sign up to get involved in the conversation. It's quick and easy.