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adoption

[uh-dop-shuh n] /əˈdɒp ʃən/
noun
1.
the act of adopting:
the adoption of a new amendment.
2.
the state of being adopted.
Origin of adoption
1300-1350
1300-50; Middle English adopcioun < Latin adoptiōn-, stem of adoptiō. See ad-, option
Related forms
adoptional, adjective
nonadoption, noun
preadoption, noun
proadoption, adjective
readoption, noun
unadoptional, adjective
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n.

mid-14c., from Old French adopcion or directly from Latin adoptionem (nominative adoptio), noun of action from past participle stem of adoptare "chose for oneself, take by choice, select, adopt," especially "to take into a family, adopt as a child," from ad- "to" (see ad-) + optare "choose, wish, desire" (see option (n.)).

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