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adaptable

[uh-dap-tuh-buh l]
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adjective
  1. capable of being adapted.
  2. able to adjust oneself readily to different conditions: an adaptable person.
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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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Related Words for adaptability

flexibility, versatility, compliancy, ambidexterity, pliancy, plasticity, malleability, adjustability

Examples from the Web for adaptability

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Historical Examples of adaptability

  • He measured its value by its piquancy, by its adaptability to epigrammatic rhymes.

  • The adaptability of cotton to the Negro is almost providential.

    The Negro Farmer

    Carl Kelsey

  • The purpose of education is "adaptation,—with the retention of adaptability."

    College Teaching

    Paul Klapper

  • The adaptability of the experienced person must be psychical and acquired.

    College Teaching

    Paul Klapper

  • The doubtfulness as to their adaptability to the representative form of government.

    The Arena

    Various


Word Origin and History for adaptability

n.

1660s, from adapt + -ability.

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adaptable

adj.

1800, from adapt + -able.

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