adaptive

adjective adap·tive \ ə-ˈdap-tiv , a- \
Updated on: 15 Nov 2017

Definition of adaptive

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 specific function and improves an organism's fitness or survival
  • Webbed feet is an adaptive trait in aquatic animals.
2 a :designed or intended to assist disabled persons :assistive
  • adaptive devices
b :engaged in by disabled persons with the aid of equipment or techniques adapted for a disability
  • adaptive skiing
c :participating in a sport with the aid of equipment or techniques adapted for disability
  • an adaptive skier

adaptively

adverb

adaptiveness

noun

adaptivity

play \ˌa-ˌdap-ˈti-və-tē\ noun

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adaptive

adjective adap·tive \ ə-ˈdap-tiv \

medical Definition of adaptive

1 :capable of, suited to, or contributing to adaptation
  • adaptive traits that enhance survival and diversification of species …
  • Science News1 Feb. 1986
2 a :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 GordonThe Modesto (California) Bee15 Dec. 1995
b :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. 2010
c :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 McCarthyThe Boston Herald10 Jan. 2007

adaptively

adverb

adaptiveness

noun

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