adaptive

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adjective adap·tive \ə-ˈdap-tiv, a-\

Definition of adaptive

  1. 1 :  providing, contributing to, or marked by adaptation :  arising as a result of adaptation … left ventricular hypertrophy should not be considered solely an adaptive response to an increased ventricular workload. — Edward D. Frohlich et al. An effort to identify the healthy adaptive need that is being met by a patient's behavior can result in increased empathy for the patient. — Thomas O. Brackett; specifically :  of, relating to, or being a heritable trait that serves a specifc function and improves an organism's fitness or survival Webbed feet is an adaptive trait in aquatic animals.

  2. 2a :  designed or intended to assist disabled persons :  assistive adaptive devicesb :  engaged in by disabled persons with the aid of equipment or techniques adapted for a disability adaptive skiingc :  participating in a sport with the aid of equipment or techniques adapted for disability an adaptive skier

adaptively

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adaptiveness

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adaptivity

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First Known Use of adaptive

1760


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adaptive

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adjective adap·tive \ə-ˈdap-tiv\

Medical Definition of adaptive

  1. 1:  capable of, suited to, or contributing to adaptation adaptive traits that enhance survival and diversification of species …—Science News 1 Feb. 1986

  2. 2a:  used to assist a person with a disability in performing a certain task or activity :  assistive Adaptive equipment might include Braille keyboards, voice synthesizers and adjustable-height computer tables.—Stuart Gordon, The Modesto (California) Bee, 15 Dec. 1995b:  engaged in by disabled persons with the aid of equipment or techniques adapted for a disability It is called wheelchair basketball, an adaptive sport for disabled people …—James Nix, The Independent Tribune (Concord, North Carolina), 17 Feb. 2010c:  participating in a sport with the aid of equipment or techniques adapted for a disability Ever seen those inspirational adaptive skiers cranking down the mountain in their ski chairs, or with a blind skier guide?—Moira McCarthy, The Boston Herald, 10 Jan. 2007

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