adjective, sometimes capitalized
adop·​tian | \ ə-ˈdäp-shən How to pronounce adoptian (audio) \

Definition of adoptian

: of, relating to, or forming the doctrine of adoptionism

Love words?

You must — there are over 200,000 words in our free online dictionary, but you are looking for one that’s only in the Merriam-Webster Unabridged Dictionary.

Start your free trial today and get unlimited access to America's largest dictionary, with:

  • More than 250,000 words that aren't in our free dictionary
  • Expanded definitions, etymologies, and usage notes
  • Advanced search features
  • Ad free!

First Known Use of adoptian

1759, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for adoptian

Medieval Latin adoptianus, from Latin adoptare + -ianus -ian

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More About adoptian

Time Traveler for adoptian

Time Traveler

The first known use of adoptian was in 1759

See more words from the same year

Dictionary Entries Near adoptian




See More Nearby Entries 

Statistics for adoptian

Cite this Entry

“Adoptian.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Sep. 2021.

Style: MLA
MLACheck Mark Icon ChicagoCheck Mark Icon APACheck Mark Icon Merriam-WebsterCheck Mark Icon


Test Your Vocabulary

Dog Words Quiz

  • shiba puppy more or less demanding cuddles
  • Which of the following animals has a dog in its etymology?
How Strong Is Your Vocabulary?

Test your vocabulary with our 10-question quiz!

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!