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 \ -​ˌdap-​tə-​ˈbi-​lə-​tē How to pronounce adaptability (audio) \ 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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But robotics is becoming cheaper and more adaptable, as are the ways to hurl them beyond our atmosphere. Anders Sandberg, Quartz, "We should stop sending humans into space to do a robot’s job," 19 July 2019 Kirpalani’s swale is landscaped with plants that are adaptable to either wet or dry conditions. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Tanks, swales put rainwater to eco-friendly use," 11 July 2019 And, really, who thought something like that was adaptable, some tedious old-timey screed? Emma Cline, The New Yorker, "Son of Friedman," 24 June 2019 While the crab-cutting robots are designed for snow crab (eastern Canada is the world’s largest producer), Verge said the system is adaptable to other crab species and potentially other shellfish. Anchorage Daily News, "Local fishery taxes will continue to be split 50-50 between towns and state for now," 9 July 2019 Young was a contender for the All-Defense teams last season – stifling in Indy’s conservative style of coverage, but easily adaptable to others. Rob Mahoney,, "NBA Free Agency 2019: Top 50 Players Available," 24 June 2019 While both bikes are designed for the first and last mile of any commute, the folding Merge is more adaptable to compact European cities. Thomas Ricker, The Verge, "Test-riding GM’s Ariv Meld and folding Merge e-bikes," 21 June 2019 Quasicriticality is similar to subcriticality in that the brain does not operate exactly at the critical point, but over a broader region near that point, enabling it to be more readily adaptable. Jennifer Ouellette, Quanta Magazine, "Brains May Teeter Near Their Tipping Point," 14 June 2018 Of course, no strategy should be cast in stone; things often change and your strategy should be flexible and adaptable. Nela Richardson For Cnn Business Perspectives, CNN, "Women aren't doing enough to secure their financial future," 17 June 2019

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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


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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to move or obtain by small maneuvers

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