adaptable

adjective adapt·able \ ə-ˈdap-tə-bəl , a- \

Definition of adaptable

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

adaptability

play \-ˌdap-tə-ˈbi-lə-tē\ noun

Examples of adaptable in a Sentence

  1. an adaptable tool that combines a screwdriver, a corkscrew, and pliers

  2. an activities director who's adaptable to any kind of situation

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Origin and Etymology of adaptable

see adapt

Synonym Discussion of adaptable

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

ADAPTABLE Defined for English Language Learners

adaptable

adjective

Definition of adaptable for English Language Learners

  • : able to change or be changed in order to fit or work better in some situation or for some purpose : able to adapt or be adapted


ADAPTABLE Defined for Kids

adaptable

adjective adapt·able \ ə-ˈdap-tə-bəl \

Definition of adaptable for Students

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


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