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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