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Definition of the adjective adoptive

What does adoptive mean as an attribute of a noun?


  1. of parents and children; related by adoption
  2. acquired as your own by free choice
    • example: an adoptive country
    • synonym of adoptive: adopted

Alternative definition of the adjective adoptive


  1. Related through adoption; more generally, relating to adoption.

Phrases with adoptive

  1. Adoptive Father
  2. Adoptive Mother
  3. adoptive parent

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Google previewEncyclopedia of Social Problems (2008)

by Vincent N. Parrillo

the adoptive parents. Adoptions may be closed (sharing no information between the ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Family Health (2011)

by Martha Craft-Rosenberg, Shelley-Rae Pehler

During this stage, health professionals can provide accurate and supportive psychoeducation to dispel myths and normalize common concerns about the adoptive process. There is evidence that infertile couples who become parents through ...

Google previewThe Encyclopedia of Adoption (2007)

by Christine A. Adamec, Laurie C. Miller

Attitudes of Others Often support or the lack of support from family and friends for an adoption is important to adoptive parents. Some experts have reported on the “stigma” some adoptive parents feel, and the impression they have that ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Applied Developmental Science (2004)

by Celia B Fisher, Richard M. Lerner

Adoption, which involves the legal transfer of parental rights and responsibilities from birth parents to adoptive parents, is becoming more ...

Google previewIllustrated Dictionary of Immunology, Second Edition (2002)

by Julius M. Cruse, Robert E. Lewis

adoptive tolerance Adjuvant disease. adjuvant granuloma A tissue reaction that ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Cancer (2011)

by Manfred Schwab

Louis Center for Cell and Gene Therapy, Baylor College of Medicine, Texas Children's Hospital, and The Methodist Hospital, Houston, TX, USA Definition Adoptive immunotherapy involves the passive transfer ...

Google previewIllustrated Dictionary of Immunology, Third Edition (2009)

by Julius M. Cruse, Robert E. Lewis

adoptive immunization 22 Cytotoxic T lymphocyte (CTL) Tc cell or CTL precursor IL-2 CD8+ Fc receptor NK cell CTL differentiation IL-2 Perforin and TNFα granzymes TCR adoptive transfer Tumor cell lysis cell Perforin and granzymes Tumor ...

Google previewA Dictionary of Modern Legal Usage (2001)

by Bryan A. Garner

See adoptive. adoption; ratification; novation. In contractual contexts, these three words ...

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Scrabble value of A1D2O1P3T1I1V4E1

The value of this 8-letter word is 14 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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