adapt·​able | \ ə-ˈdap-tə-bəl How to pronounce adaptable (audio) , a- \

Definition of adaptable

: capable of being or becoming adapted plants that are easily adaptable to colder climates

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adaptability \ ə-​ˌdap-​tə-​ˈbi-​lə-​tē How to pronounce adaptable (audio) , a-​ \ noun

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plastic, pliable, pliant, ductile, malleable, adaptable mean susceptible of being modified in form or nature. plastic applies to substances soft enough to be molded yet capable of hardening into the desired fixed form. plastic materials allow the sculptor greater freedom pliable suggests something easily bent, folded, twisted, or manipulated. pliable rubber tubing pliant may stress flexibility and sometimes connote springiness. an athletic shoe with a pliant sole ductile applies to what can be drawn out or extended with ease. ductile metals such as copper malleable applies to what may be pressed or beaten into shape. the malleable properties of gold adaptable implies the capability of being easily modified to suit other conditions, needs, or uses. computer hardware that is adaptable

Examples of adaptable in a Sentence

an adaptable tool that combines a screwdriver, a corkscrew, and pliers an activities director who's adaptable to any kind of situation
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First Known Use of adaptable

1692, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for adaptable

adapt + -able

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adapt·​able | \ ə-ˈdap-tə-bəl How to pronounce adaptable (audio) \

Kids Definition of adaptable

: capable of changing or being changed to better suit a situation

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