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    • UK Pronunciation
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    • [uh-dap-tiv]
    • /əˈdæp tɪv/
    • /əˈdæp.tɪv/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [uh-dap-tiv]
    • /əˈdæp tɪv/

Definitions of adaptive word

  • adjective adaptive Adaptive means having the ability or tendency to adapt to different situations. 3
  • adjective adaptive showing adaptation 3
  • adjective adaptive able to adapt 3
  • adjective adaptive Adaptive is used to describe systems that can change their parameters as the conditions change. 3
  • adjective adaptive serving or able to adapt; showing or contributing to adaptation: the adaptive coloring of a chameleon. 1
  • noun adaptive Characterized by or given to adaptation. 1

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Origin of adaptive

First appearance:

before 1815
One of the 39% newest English words
First recorded in 1815-25; adapt + -ive

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Parts of speech for Adaptive


adaptive popularity

A common word. It’s meaning is known to most children of preschool age. About 86% of English native speakers know the meaning and use the word.
Most Europeans know this English word. The frequency of it’s usage is somewhere between "mom" and "screwdriver".

adaptive usage trend in Literature

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Synonyms for adaptive

adj adaptive

  • flexible — capable of being bent, usually without breaking; easily bent: a flexible ruler.
  • robust — strong and healthy; hardy; vigorous: a robust young man; a robust faith; a robust mind.

Antonyms for adaptive

adjective adaptive

  • maladaptive — of, relating to, or characterized by maladaptation or incomplete, inadequate, or faulty adaptation: The maladaptive behavior of isolated children was difficult to change.

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