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Definition of the noun adoption

What does adoption mean as a name of something?

noun - plural: adoptions

  1. the act of accepting with approval; favorable reception
  2. a legal proceeding that creates a parent-child relation between persons not related by blood; the adopted child is entitled to all privileges belonging to a natural child of the adoptive parents (including the right to inherit)
  3. the appropriation (of ideas or words etc) from another source
    • lexical domain: Acts - nouns denoting acts or actions
    • synonym of adoption: borrowing
    • more generic word: appropriation = a deliberate act of acquisition of something, often without the permission of the owner
    • more specific words:
      • naturalisation / naturalization = changing the pronunciation of a borrowed word to agree with the borrowers' phonology
      • misappropriation = wrongful borrowing
      • crossover = the appropriation of a new style (especially in popular music) by combining elements of different genres in order to appeal to a wider audience

Alternative definition of the noun adoption


  1. The act of adopting, or state of being adopted; voluntary acceptance of a child of other parents to be the same as one's own child.
  2. Admission to a more intimate relation; reception; as, the adoption of persons into hospitals or monasteries, or of one society into another.
  3. The choosing and making that to be one's own which originally was not so; acceptance; as, the adoption of opinions.


  1. "Adoption" is a 1975 Hungarian drama film directed by Márta Mészáros. It tells the story of a Kata, an unmarried female factory worker, who becomes interested in neglected children and tries to adopt one. It was entered into the 25th Berlin International Film Festival, where it won the Golden Bear. The film was also selected as the Hungarian entry for the Best Foreign Language Film at the 48th Academy Awards, but was not accepted as a nominee.
  2. "Adoption" is a 2009 drama film written by David Lipszyc, Alejandra Bruno and directed by David Lipszyc.


"Adoption" is a book by Paul Sachdev.

  • also known as "Adoption: current issues and trends"


  1. Adoption of a farm plant or animal is a method of commercial sponsorship in the farming and cattle raising sector. Any kind of farm plant or animal can become an object of adoption.
  2. Adoption, in Christian theology, is the term that describes the admission of a believer into the family of God. In the evangelical ordo salutis, adoption is usually regarded as a step immediately subsequent to justification. As a theological word, adoption has similar connotations to the act of legally placing a child with a parent or parents other than those to whom they were born. There are three references in the New Testament to God "adopting" Christians as his own children and one reference to the adoption by God, of the "people of Israel". Adoption as a theological term introduces a relational dimension to the consequences of Salvation. Adoption as a theological concept is also another consequence of the 'legal' act of justification, alongside redemption and reconciliation. The Old Testament precedent for this term comes from the story of Mephibosheth, who despite not being part of Davidic family was included in the Royal inheritance.
  3. Adoption: In computing, adoption means the transfer between an old system and a target system in an organization.

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Google previewThe American and English Encyclopedia of Law and Practice (1909)

by William Mark McKinney, David Shephard Garland

Adoption is the act by which relations of paternity and affiliation are recognized as legally existing between persons not so related by nature." also been defined as the taking of a stranger in the blood as one's own child,” and as the taking into ...

Google previewStepparent Adoption: A Resource Book (2011)

A Resource Book by Wendelyn D. Osorio

Stepparent Adoption is a way in which you can become the legal parent of your partner's child or children from a previous marriage or...

Google previewQ&A Family Law 2011-2012 (2011)

by Rachael Stretch

Ifthe adoption is an agency adoption, students will need to be able to explain whetherthe child is placed with consent...

Ifthe adoption is a non-agency adoption, prospective adopters will need to inform the local authority oftheir intention to ...

Google previewHow to Read (and Understand) the Bible (2015)

Meeting God in the Book You Love but Never Fully Understood by Larry Richards

Yet there's no doubt that our friends' unexpected adoption means a totally new life and a totally different ...

Google previewClinical and Practice Issues in Adoption (2001)

Bridging the Gap Between Adoptees Placed as Infants and as Older Children by Victor Groza, Karen F. Rosenberg

A transcultural adoption is the adoption of a child from one culture by a family of a different culture. Culture includes...

Google previewThe Complete Adoption & Fertility Legal Guide (2004)

by Brette McWhorter Sember

International adoption is the adoption of a child from a country outside the U.S. International adoption has become more...

International adoption is an excellent choice if you do not want to wait to find a birth mother or new baby and do not ...

Google previewGrace and Glory (2009)

A Commentary on Ephesians by Earl Cripe

The word adoption is an interesting one. In our society it has taken on shades of meaning that are not the same as...

Google previewThe Wesleyan Sunday-school magazine [afterw.] The Wesleyan methodist Sunday school magazine (1884)

Adoption is a change in legal position ; by it the sinner becomes entitled to the name, "Child of God;" to the protection of the Father, to an inheritance...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Canadian Social Work (2009)

by Francis J. Turner

Adoption is the legal process of transferring the custody and guardianship of a child from one parent or parents to another parent or parents, who then have all rights and responsibilities of raising ...

Google previewThe Encyclopedia of Adoption (2007)

by Christine A. Adamec, Laurie C. Miller

Adoption. is a constantly evolving institution thatchanges to fit the perceived needs of children who need families, whether they are healthy newborns, children in foster care, children from other countries, or children of all ages with special ...

Google previewAnalytical Dictionary of Retailing (2000)

by Jeanne Dancette, Léon F. Wegnez, Christophe Réthoré

ABM Voir AUTOMATIC TELLER MACHINE ADDED SELLING Voir CROSS SELLING ADDITIONAL MARKUP Voir MARKUP 1 ADOPTION adoption DÉFINITION Décision de poursuivre l'utilisation d'un nouveau produit par son achat répété.

Google previewGreen's Encyclopaedia of the Law of Scotland (1896)

by John Chisholm

Adoption.—Adoption among the Romans meant the juristic act whereby the head of a family assumed as a child one who stood outside its membership. It was, like marriage and legitimation, a mode of acquiring patria potestas. The leading ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Social and Cultural Anthropology (1996)

by Alan Barnard, Jonathan Spencer

Both practices involve the assumption of parental roles by individuals who are not the child's biological or birthparents, but the addition of 'kinship status in adoption makes that concept both more problematic and more interesting. The original ...

Google previewAmerican Immigration: An Encyclopedia of Political, Social, and Cultural Change (2015)

An Encyclopedia of Political, Social, and Cultural Change by James Ciment, John Radzilowski

Adoption is a common practice in the United States and in other developed countries. It is estimated that 2 percent of American children are adopted, and approximately 4 percent of all Americans, both children and adults, have been adopted ...

Google previewThe Popular and Critical Bible Encyclopaedia and Scriptural Dictionary, Fully Defining and Explaining All Religious Terms, Including Biographical, Geographical, Historical, Archaeological and Doctrinal Themes (1920)

Superbly Illustrated with Over 600 Maps and Engravings by Andrew Constantinides Zenos

And here it may be observed that the additional and peculiar stimulus which the Hebrews derived from the hope of giving birth to the Messiah was inoperative with respect to adoption, through which that privilege could not be realized.

Google previewEncyclopedia of Human Resources Information Systems: Challenges in e-HRM (2008)

Challenges in e-HRM by Torres-Coronas, Teresa

Adoption. and. Diffusion. Perspective. on. A Figure 1. HRIS diffusion according to locus of impact...

Google previewEncyclopedia of E-Collaboration (2007)

by Kock, Ned

Adoption. in. Organizational. Implementation. of. E-Collaboration. L L M A Macro- Level Approach to Understanding Use of...

are dependent on the common adoption and use among all members of a group or user community (Grudin, 1989).

Google previewEncyclopedia of the Haudenosaunee (Iroquois Confederacy) (2000)

by Bruce Elliott Johansen, Barbara Alice Mann

Adoption. Adoption is one of the legal provisions of the Gayaněsshd"gowa (Great Law of Peace, or Constitution of the Six Nations) of the League of the Haudenosaunee. Adoption allows an individual, a group, or an entire nation to be taken ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Library and Information Science (2000)

Volume 67 (Supplement 30) by Allen Kent

adoption by individuals and organizations. The rate of successful IT adoption depends on the adopter's perceptions of the ITs' relative ...

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Fashion is a confidence booster
But poses discomfort in adoption...
Yet people go after the adoption
At the cost of comforts to feel secure.

(13.06.2011) (Rm. Shanmugam Chettiar)
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The value of this 8-letter word is 11 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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