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[uh-dap-tuh-buh l] /əˈdæp tə bəl/
capable of being adapted.
able to adjust oneself readily to different conditions:
an adaptable person.
Origin of adaptable
First recorded in 1790-1800; adapt + -able
Related forms
adaptability, adaptableness, noun
nonadaptability, noun
nonadaptable, adjective
nonadaptableness, noun
readaptability, noun
readaptable, adjective
superadaptable, adjective
superadaptableness, noun
superadaptably, adverb
unadaptable, adjective
unadaptableness, noun Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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Examples from the Web for adaptability
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  • He measured its value by its piquancy, by its adaptability to epigrammatic rhymes.

    The Life of Cesare Borgia Raphael Sabatini
  • The adaptability of cotton to the Negro is almost providential.

    The Negro Farmer Carl Kelsey
  • The purpose of education is "adaptation,—with the retention of adaptability."

    College Teaching Paul Klapper
  • The adaptability of the experienced person must be psychical and acquired.

    College Teaching Paul Klapper
  • The doubtfulness as to their adaptability to the representative form of government.

    The Arena Various
  • adaptability grows with experience and with increase of self-confidence.

    The Measurement of Intelligence Lewis Madison Terman
Word Origin and History for adaptability

1660s, from adapt + -ability.



1800, from adapt + -able.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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