Definition of adoptive
1 : made or acquired by adoption the adoptive father
2 : of or relating to adoption
Recent Examples of adoptive from the Web
The provision in the White House's proposed budget, which was released in late May, allocates six weeks for new mothers and fathers, including adoptive parents.
Mr. Crapser, who left behind a wife and three daughters in the United States, was abandoned by his first adoptive parents and abused by his second.
Kevinee Gilmore, 33, Cleveland Digital activist behind her HashtagFosterCare campaign, landlord, public speaker, social media consultant and trainer for foster and adoptive parents.
Ginny’s monomaniacal drive to rescue this (possibly invented) sibling gnaws at her adoptive parents, who are expecting a baby themselves and have reached wit’s end trying to contain their daughter’s loose-cannon impulses.
Her motion was opposed by the adoptive family and DCS.
The adoptive family was first licensed in 2014, and had fostered several children before.
The adoptive mother was arrested in January on suspicion of two counts of child abuse.
Clay's adoptive parents were informed of his death, according to Ko, but did not attend the services.
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First Known Use of adoptive
ADOPTIVE Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of adoptive for English Language Learners
—used to describe a parent who has adopted a child
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 it — United States v. White, 766 F. Supp. 873 (1991)
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