adop·tive | \ə-ˈdäp-tiv \

Definition of adoptive 

1 : made or acquired by adoption the adoptive father

2 : of or relating to adoption

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adoptively adverb

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Texas officials moved quickly to find the three younger children an adoptive home. Joe Heim And Julie Tate,, "As children begged for help, adoption system failed them," 13 July 2018 Texas officials moved quickly to find the three younger children an adoptive home. Washington Post, "Abuse, neglect and a system that failed: The tragic lives of the Hart children," 12 July 2018 Texas officials moved quickly to find the three younger children an adoptive home. Joe Heim And Julie Tate, Houston Chronicle, "As Hart children begged for help, system failed them," 12 July 2018 The remaining chinchillas, approximately 270, that were handed over to HAWS went to adoptive homes by early 2016, Smieja said. Nicole Aimone, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Chinchilla linked to 2015 animal hording incident in Waukesha has been adopted from HAWS for the second time," 13 June 2018 This documentary explores ideas of nurture versus nature and also plumbs the mystery of how the triplets were placed in adoptive homes without them or their parents knowing. Carla Meyer, San Francisco Chronicle, "Boots Riley’s and Daveed Diggs’ Oakland films lead alternative summer list," 27 Apr. 2018 In 2010, a law was overturned, allowing gay men and lesbians to provide permanent, adoptive homes for children. Monique O. Madan, miamiherald, "He fought for gay rights and women's rights. Now he's retiring after 44 years. | Miami Herald," 9 Apr. 2018 This has been my adoptive home for the last few years and I am blessed with a platform and have access to resources to do a lot of good in the community. Jarrel Harris,, "Stephen Curry Q&A: A Splash Brother Takes on America's Water Crisis," 30 Mar. 2018 France has placed most of the 66 minors who have returned so far from the Islamic State in foster or adoptive homes. Andrew E. Kramer, New York Times, "Raised by ISIS, Returned to Chechnya: ‘These Children Saw Terrible Things’," 24 Feb. 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 parent

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English Language Learners Definition of adoptive

—used to describe a parent who has adopted a child


adop·tive | \ə-ˈdäp-tiv \

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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