adopt·​ee ə-ˌdäp-ˈtē How to pronounce adoptee (audio)
: one who is adopted

Examples of adoptee in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Season 1 is a crash course in the adoption process (creator Andy Wolton is an adoptee bringing his own experience of the system), illuminating the rigor and turmoil of bureaucracy surrounding parenthood that simply don’t exist for those doing it biologically. Proma Khosla, IndieWire, 4 July 2024 Even in legal adoptions, families aren't given the right picture about the adoptees' birth families. Kamala Thiagarajan, NPR, 31 May 2024 That said, engaging with Korean adoptees is still fairly new for me. Théoden Janes, Charlotte Observer, 19 June 2024 The temporary guardian had extensive experience parenting adoptees diagnosed with the behavioral disorder. Zoey Lyttle, Peoplemag, 11 June 2024 See all Example Sentences for adoptee 

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adopt + -ee entry 1

First Known Use

1804, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of adoptee was in 1804

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“Adoptee.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Jul. 2024.

Legal Definition


adopt·​ee ə-ˌdäp-ˈtē How to pronounce adoptee (audio)
: a person who is adopted

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