adapt·able | \ə-ˈdap-tə-bəl, a-\

Definition of adaptable 

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

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adaptability \-ˌdap-tə-ˈbi-lə-tē \ 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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Tupperware’s marketing model relies on social networks, Nickles says, which means it’s highly adaptable to a specific dealer’s social circle and needs. Kat Eschner, Smithsonian, "The Story of Brownie Wise, the Ingenious Marketer Behind the Tupperware Party," 11 Apr. 2018 Even though the bacteria that cause staph infections are notoriously adaptable and may become resistant to some antibiotics, there are heavy-duty ones that can be administered via IV in the hospital. Lynsey Eidell, SELF, "Blink-182's Travis Barker Is Back in the Hospital Due to Complications From Blood Clots," 20 June 2018 Puerto Rico’s education officials, who consulted with US Education Secretary Betsy DeVos, said the reforms will allow schools to be more adaptable and competitive. Alexia Fernández Campbell, Vox, "First Hurricane Maria, now this: a Puerto Rico town mourns the loss of its school," 15 June 2018 Job candidates should be friendly, customer-focused and passionate about sports and outdoors, while also being adaptable and maintaining a positive attitude. Jennifer Kimrey, Houston Chronicle, "Retail a good place to look for summer position," 15 Apr. 2018 The pup must also be open to interacting with strangers and adaptable to different types of flooring so they can be taken multiple places. Megan Friedman, Country Living, "These Abandoned Pups Were Rescued and Transformed Into Heroic Police Dogs," 18 July 2016 While costume remains in the past, the set exists in the present (though equally adaptable in the imagination). Demetrios Matheou, The Hollywood Reporter, "'The Lehman Trilogy': Theater Review," 13 July 2018 Animals are remarkably efficient, and adaptable to new situations and conditions. Adam Stanton, Scientific American, "Why Do Robots Look Like Animals and Humans?," 5 June 2018 Conklin and Flesher worked with Cooper to create an adaptable brace that molds around his left arm. Karen Farkas,, "University of Akron students create 3D arm brace for 14-year-old," 9 Apr. 2018

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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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English Language Learners Definition of adaptable

: 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


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Kids Definition of adaptable

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

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