adopt·​ee | \ ə-ˌdäp-ˈtē How to pronounce adoptee (audio) \

Definition of adoptee

: one who is adopted

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Recent Examples on the Web Many Americans are parents of these adoptees today, and for those who have questions, a Utah company called Research China has been gathering data about the Chinese backgrounds of such children. Kyle Smith, National Review, "China’s Holocaust of Children," 13 Nov. 2019 And this push, this resistance, is what makes the jokes of someone like Booster, delivered from his perspective as a transnational adoptee and gay man, feel at once both obvious and very surprising. New York Times, "The Comedians Challenging Stereotypes About Asian-American Masculinity," 26 Aug. 2019 The San Diego Humane Society will waive adoption fees and have goodies to go along with the new adoptees at its campuses in San Diego, Escondido and Oceanside. San Diego Union-Tribune, "‘Clear the Shelters’ set for this weekend," 14 Aug. 2019 There’s a tough-guy Ukrainian adoptee named Mischa (Michael Hanna) and Ricky (Jordan M. Leggett) a sensitive-souled boy with a life-threatening disease. Dominic P. Papatola, Twin Cities, "Theater review: ‘Ride the Cyclone’ is loopy, thoughtful, thoroughly enjoyable," 15 Sep. 2019 One of them, a Korean adoptee living in California named Krysten Leach, made a particular impression. Hilary Cadigan, Bon Appétit, "Forward All Our Mail to Danielle Chang's Gorgeous Rooftop Garden," 13 Sep. 2019 Many of Ranum’s clients are adoptees who want to learn more about their birth family and fill in gaps in their health history. Mary Divine, Twin Cities, "The DNA Detective: Aitkin woman helps people find unknown families," 31 Aug. 2019 Often, though, the relationship between adoptees and their birth parents is complicated by misunderstandings and recriminations. Los Angeles Times, "One is Chinese. One is American. How a journalist discovered and reunited identical twins," 8 Aug. 2019 To this day, many adoptees—and their families—find learning the truth about their origins nearly impossible. Brandon Yu, The Atlantic, "One Child Nation Paints a Harrowing Picture of an Infamous Policy," 13 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of adoptee

1849, in the meaning defined above

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5 Dec 2019

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“Adoptee.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 14 December 2019.

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adopt·​ee | \ ə-ˌdäp-ˈtē How to pronounce adoptee (audio) \

Legal Definition of adoptee

: a person who is adopted

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