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adaptive

[uh-dap-tiv] /əˈdæp tɪv/
adjective
1.
serving or able to adapt; showing or contributing to adaptation:
the adaptive coloring of a chameleon.
Origin of adaptive
1815-1825
First recorded in 1815-25; adapt + -ive
Related forms
adaptively, adverb
adaptiveness, noun
adaptivity
[ad-ap-tiv-i-tee] /ˌæd æpˈtɪv ɪ ti/ (Show IPA),
noun
nonadaptive, adjective
readaptive, adjective
readaptively, adverb
readaptiveness, noun
unadaptive, adjective
unadaptively, adverb
unadaptiveness, noun
Can be confused
adaptive, adoptive.
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