adoptive

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adjective adop·tive \ə-ˈdäp-tiv\

Definition of adoptive

  1. 1 :  made or acquired by adoption <the adoptive father>

  2. 2 :  of or relating to adoption

adoptively

adverb

15th Century

First Known Use of adoptive

15th century


ADOPTIVE Defined for English Language Learners

adoptive

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adjective adop·tive \ə-ˈdäp-tiv\

Definition of adoptive for English Language Learners

  • —used to describe a parent who has adopted a child


Law Dictionary

adoptive

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adjective adop·tive \ə-ˈdäp-tiv\

Legal Definition of adoptive

  1. 1a :  having adopted <an adoptive parent> b :  having been adopted <an adoptive child>

  2. 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 it — United States v. White, 766 F. Supp. 873 (1991)>



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