adoptive

adjective
adop·​tive | \ ə-ˈdäp-tiv How to pronounce adoptive (audio) \

Definition of adoptive

1 : made or acquired by adoption the adoptive father
2 : of or relating to adoption

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Sir Reginald Hargreeves is the adoptive father of The Umbrella Academy. Tamara Fuentes, Seventeen, "Meet the Cast of "The Umbrella Academy" and Their Characters," 26 Feb. 2019 Not long after, Marquis’ adoptive mom (a white woman) shows up and immediately gets him out. Ryan Kost, San Francisco Chronicle, "‘Hooded,’ a play, examines black identity and ever-present racism," 6 Mar. 2018 Cruz had been living with the family of a student at the school since his adoptive mom passed away in November. Lisa Ryan, The Cut, "Everything We Know About the Florida Shooting Suspect," 15 Feb. 2018 First, all are ethnically Chinese: This is worth noting, given that many occupants of berths on the literal last boat with Bing were foreigners or, like her adoptive sister’s son, Eurasians. Jeffrey N. Wasserstrom, WSJ, "‘Last Boat Out of Shanghai’ Review: Gone With the Wind," 18 Jan. 2019 Again, my homeland Belgium was the first to honor my work at the MoMu Antwerp, and then my adoptive city Paris followed with two more, at Palais Galliera and Musée des Arts Décoratifs. Steff Yotka, Vogue, "Martin Margiela Makes a Rare Statement on Contemporary Fashion," 12 Oct. 2018 The grandmother of Kentae Williams, an autistic 10-year-old allegedly drowned by his adoptive dad, is suing the Division of Family Children Services for not properly handling previous claims of abuse. Joshua Sharpe, ajc, "DFCS sued over homicide drowning of autistic boy, 10, in DeKalb," 30 June 2018 The shelter requires adoptive cat owners to keep the pets indoors. Morgan Greene, chicagotribune.com, "Reggie the runaway cat, at the center of court custody battle, is back home in Logan Square," 28 June 2018 The cross-country cycling tour was my grandfather's harebrained scheme for exploring his adoptive homeland. Daniel De Vise, Chicago Reader, "How two Belgian boys became the youngest kids to bike across the U.S.—in 1935," 21 June 2018

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First Known Use of adoptive

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for adoptive

Middle English adoptif, borrowed from Middle French & Latin; Middle French adoptif, going back to Old French, borrowed from Latin adoptīvus, from adoptāre "to adopt" + -īvus -ive

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adoptive

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of adoptive

used to describe a parent who has adopted a child

adoptive

adjective
adop·​tive | \ ə-ˈdäp-tiv How to pronounce adoptive (audio) \

Legal Definition of adoptive

1a : having adopted an adoptive parent
b : having been adopted an adoptive child
2 : made or acquired by accepting as one's own the words or actions of another to constitute an adoptive admission…defendant must actually understand what was said and have an opportunity to deny itUnited States v. White, 766 F. Supp. 873 (1991)

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