adaptable

[uh-dap-tuh-buh l]

adjective

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 formsa·dapt·a·bil·i·ty, a·dapt·a·ble·ness, nounnon·a·dapt·a·bil·i·ty, nounnon·a·dapt·a·ble, adjectivenon·a·dapt·a·ble·ness, nounre·a·dapt·a·bil·i·ty, nounre·a·dapt·a·ble, adjectivesu·per·a·dapt·a·ble, adjectivesu·per·a·dapt·a·ble·ness, nounsu·per·a·dapt·a·bly, adverbun·a·dapt·a·ble, adjectiveun·a·dapt·a·ble·ness, noun
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Examples from the Web for adaptability

Contemporary Examples of adaptability

Historical Examples of adaptability

  • Andrew opened his eyes immediately and exhibited a fresh instance of his adaptability to each changing circumstance.

    The Prodigal Father

    J. Storer Clouston

  • For it to go beyond elementary provisions would be to lose elasticity and adaptability.

  • If there is one complaint to be made against the Englishman trading with a foreign land, it is his lack of adaptability.

    The Amazing Argentine

    John Foster Fraser

  • For technical reasons of design the original gun apparently had little or no adaptability to such use.

  • Then came our catastrophic Armistice Day blizzard, the most severe test of hardiness and adaptability ever to occur in the north.



Word Origin and History for adaptability
n.

1660s, from adapt + -ability.

adaptable

adj.

1800, from adapt + -able.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper