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adaptive

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adjective adap·tive \ə-ˈdap-tiv\

Medical Definition of adaptive

  1. 1:  capable of, suited to, or contributing to adaptation <… adaptive traits that enhance survival and diversification of species …—Science News 1 Feb. 1986>

  2. 2a:  used to assist a person with a disability in performing a certain task or activity :  assistive <Adaptive equipment might include Braille keyboards, voice synthesizers and adjustable-height computer tables.—Stuart Gordon, The Modesto (California) Bee, 15 Dec. 1995>b:  engaged in by disabled persons with the aid of equipment or techniques adapted for a disability <It is called wheelchair basketball, an adaptive sport for disabled people …—James Nix, The Independent Tribune (Concord, North Carolina), 17 Feb. 2010>c:  participating in a sport with the aid of equipment or techniques adapted for a disability <Ever seen those inspirational adaptive skiers cranking down the mountain in their ski chairs, or with a blind skier guide?—Moira McCarthy, The Boston Herald, 10 Jan. 2007>

adaptively adverb
adaptiveness noun



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