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Adaptability is a member of the word family adapt, included in the Academic Word List by Dr. Averil Coxhead, which contains the 570 most frequent word families used in academic texts from a variety of subject areas, of interest for students that learn the words most needed to study at tertiary institutions.

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Definition of the noun adaptability

What does adaptability mean as a name of something?

noun - plural: adaptabilities

  1. the ability to change (or be changed) to fit changed circumstances

Alternative definition of the noun adaptability


  1. The quality of being adaptable; a quality that renders adaptable.
  2. [biology] Variability in respect to, or under the influence of, external conditions; susceptibility of an organism to that variation whereby it becomes suited to or fitted for its conditions of environment; the capacity of an organism to be modified by circumstances.
  3. [management] readiness for change in a business environment


"Adaptability" is a book by Allan Calarco.

  • also known as "Adaptability responding effectively to change"


Adaptability is a feature of a system or of a process. This word has been put to use as a specialised term in different disciplines and in business operations. Word definitions of adaptability as a specialised term differ little from dictionary definitions. According to Andresen and Gronau adaptability in the field of organisational management can in general be seen as an ability to change something or oneself to fit to occurring changes. In ecology, adaptability has been described as the ability to cope with unexpected disturbances in the environment. However, the word definitions in these fields are just the starting points for detailed analysis of system adaptability.

Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for Adaptability

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Google preview2012 International Conference on Information Technology and Management Science(ICITMS 2012) Proceedings (2013)

by Bing Xu

Adaptability is a kind of psychological adaptable ability, is balanced mental ability individual acquired through the behavior...

Google previewInto the Fantastic (2011)

by Thomas McNeight

Adaptability is the operative word when describing humankind's existence on earth.

Google previewEffective Resource Management in Manufacturing Systems (2006)

Optimization Algorithms for Production Planning by Massimiliano Caramia, Paolo Dell'Olmo

AdaptabilityAdaptability is the ability of the manufacturing system to be maintained easily and rapidly in order to respond to...

Adaptability refers to the reconfiguration and scalability of production facilities,

Adaptability means being able to 6 1 Manufacturing Systems: Trends, Classification, and Behavior Patterns.

Google previewSisterhood of Dune (2012)

by Brian Herbert, Kevin J. Anderson

Adaptability is the essence of survival. —FROM THE AZHAR BOOK “Unless you follow instructions carefully, some of you may perish during today's exercise,” the Reverend Mother said to the acolytes assembled on the rolling surface of the ...

Google previewNatural Selection in the Wild (1986)

by John A. Endler

Adaptability is the degree to which an organism or species can remain or become adapted to a wide range of environments by...

Adaptability is a measure of actual or potential success given temporal and spatial variation, while fitness, rate ...

Google previewInterdisciplinary Design: Proceedings of the 21st CIRP Design Conference

Design adaptability is the capability of an existing design to be adapted to create a new or modified design based on the changed requirements. Product adaptability is the capability of a physical product to be adapted to satisfy the changed ...

Google previewShoulder Arthroplasty (1999)

by Gilles Walch, Pascal Boileau

Prosthetic adaptability is a new concept which allows individual inclination and ret- roversion to be matched and also any possible medio- lateral or anteroposterior offset to be covered. Orienting and positioning a humeral prosthesis using as ...

Google previewBookseller, Devoted to the Book and News Trade (1904)

by R. P. Hayes, Caroline A. Huling

Adaptability is the first requisite, and this has been treated under the ...

Google previewCorporate Debt Restructuring in East Asia (1998)

Some Lessons from International Experience by Mr. Mark R. Stone

Adaptability is the strength of the London Approach.

Google previewAdvances in Multimedia Information Processing - PCM 2004 (2004)

5th Pacific Rim Conference on Multimedia, Tokyo, Japan, November 30 - December 3, 2004, Proceedings by Kiyoharu Aizawa, Yuichi Nakamura, Shin'ichi Satoh

The adaptability is that the application is not restricted by computing device and context of service but adaptable to its environment.

Google previewFinancial Derivatives (2010)

Pricing and Risk Management by Robert W. Kolb

As the Darwin quote notes, adaptability is the key to survival and success. While Darwin was referring to living species, this concept ...

Google previewUnderstanding Regulation Disorders of Sensory Processing in Children (2007)

Management Strategies for Parents and Professionals by Pratibha Reebye, Aileen Stalker

Adaptability is an important quality (both for parents, teachers and ...

Google previewThe SAGE Encyclopedia of Industrial and Organizational Psychology (2016)

by Steven G. Rogelberg

Adaptability. David W. Dorsey Modern organizations are faced with dynamic pressures such as changing technologies, global competition, and organizational restructuring. Such demands require workers to be adaptable and demonstrate the ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Cell Biology (2015)

Adaptability,. and. Regulation. The peroxisome population in cells is dynamic and its abundance and form is the result of multiple interacting processes: rate of formation (influenced by environmental factors via transcriptional regulation), ...

Google previewThe Dictionary of Family Psychology and Family Therapy (1993)

by S. Richard Sauber

family adaptability The ability of a marital or family system to change its power structure, role relationships, and relationship rules ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Sustainable Technologies (2017)

by Martin Abraham

Adaptability. in. Buildings. Habitats are living environments comprising of the built and the natural environments. The built environment is deliberate/ intentional, man-made, and ordinarily derived from local materials with associated skill.

Google previewThe Wiley Blackwell Encyclopedia of Adulthood and Aging, 3 Volume Set (2016)

by Susan Krauss Whitbourne

the term adaptability has been applied in four primary streams of research to refer to interrelated but distinct phenomena. First, past studies of performance adaptation, typically on a specific task ...

Google previewThe Encyclopedia of Positive Psychology (2011)

by Shane J. Lopez

Indeed, adaptability has become so popular within the world of work that numerous researchers have suggested that adaptive characteristics should be one type of criteria used for personnel selection and performance evaluation. Some have ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of the Sciences of Learning (2011)

by Norbert M. Seel

Recent work has proposed adaptability as a means of understanding young people's capacity to deal with new, changing, and/or uncertain situations (Martin 2010). Adaptability seeks to articulate concepts that reflect young people's adaptive ...

Google previewThe ACA Encyclopedia of Counseling (2015)

by American Counseling Association

The career adaptability construct extends from a related term, called career maturity, which was considered central to understanding career development in Donald Super's life-span life-space theory. Super emphasized the critical importance ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of E-Collaboration (2007)

by Kock, Ned

Effects of training goals and goal orientation traits on multidimensional training outcomes and performance adaptability. Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes, 85(1), 1-31. Maruping, L. M., & Agarwal, R. (2004). Managing ...

Google previewInternational Encyclopedia of Systems and Cybernetics (2004)

by Charles François

It is also obvious that, in many organisms, if not in all of them, the full range of adaptability is never revealed. On the other hand, as expressed by RASHEVSKY: "The adaptability may be very great but it is always limited. No set of genes, ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Local Government Law (1906)

Exclusive of the Metropolis

And, speaking generally, the "special adaptability" of land for any particular purpose may be taken into account, whether that purpose is, or is not, the purpose for which the promoters are acquiring it, provided only that its adaptability is such as ...

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I have no set principles; I make adaptability to all circumstances my principle.
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The value of this 12-letter word is 20 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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