[uh-dap-tuh-buh l]


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 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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

1660s, from adapt + -ability.



1800, from adapt + -able.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper