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    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • UK Pronunciation
    • UK IPA
    • [uh-dop-tiv]
    • /əˈdɒp tɪv/
    • /əˈdɒp.tɪv/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [uh-dop-tiv]
    • /əˈdɒp tɪv/

Definitions of adoptive word

  • adjective adoptive Someone's adoptive family is the family that adopted them. 3
  • adjective adoptive Someone's adoptive country or city is the one that they choose for their home, although they were not born there. 3
  • adjective adoptive acquired or related by adoption 3
  • adjective adoptive of or relating to adoption 3
  • adjective adoptive having to do with adoption 3
  • adjective adoptive having become so by the act of adoption 3

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Origin of adoptive

First appearance:

before 1400
One of the 24% oldest English words
1400-50; < Latin adoptīvus; see adopt, -ive; replacing late Middle English adoptife < Middle French adoptif

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Parts of speech for Adoptive


adoptive popularity

A common word. It’s meaning is known to most children of preschool age. About 78% of English native speakers know the meaning and use the word.
This word is included in each student's vocabulary. Most likely there is at least one movie with this word in the title.

adoptive usage trend in Literature

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Synonyms for adoptive

adjective adoptive

  • stand-in — a substitute for a motion-picture star during the preparation of lighting, cameras, etc., or in dangerous scenes.
  • foster — to promote the growth or development of; further; encourage: to foster new ideas.

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