adapt·​able ə-ˈdap-tə-bəl How to pronounce adaptable (audio)
: capable of being or becoming adapted
plants that are easily adaptable to colder climates
adaptability 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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Word History


adapt + -able

First Known Use

1692, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of adaptable was in 1692

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“Adaptable.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Jul. 2024.

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