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adaptable

[uh-dap-tuh-buh l] /əˈdæp tə bəl/
adjective
1.
capable of being adapted.
2.
able to adjust oneself readily to different conditions:
an adaptable person.
Origin of adaptable
1790-1800
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
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  • They had to be adaptable and capable of carrying delicate and large responsibility.

    Herbert Hoover Vernon Kellogg
  • Because they were so likable and intelligent and adaptable—they were vastly dangerous!

    Zen Jerome Bixby
  • Few words are more elastic and adaptable than the verb substantive.

  • Which of the possessions of the United States are adaptable for cane-sugar?

    Commercial Geography

    Jacques W. Redway
  • One can get accustomed to anything—man is as adaptable as the trees.

    Through Finland in Carts Ethel Brilliana Alec-Tweedie
  • Not much "wide and adaptable life" to take her thoughts off herself.

    Saint's Progress John Galsworthy
  • The boys must be expert performers, and adaptable to any emergency.

    Nights in London

    Thomas Burke
Word Origin and History for adaptable
adj.

1800, from adapt + -able.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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