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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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  • The Thoracic employer, who always wants things done instantly, is maddened by the slow, unadaptable Osseous employee.

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  • And not only was he ill-informed—that was true of Mr. Lloyd George also—but his mind was slow and unadaptable.

  • But he had proved himself incompetent, unadaptable, a stick, a pedantic incapable.

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  • I am too stiffened by work, unskilled in travel, too unadaptable to begin again elsewhere.

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Word Origin and History for unadaptable



1800, from adapt + -able.

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