adaptive

[ uh-dap-tiv ]
/ əˈdæp tɪv /

adjective

serving or able to adapt; showing or contributing to adaptation: the adaptive coloring of a chameleon.

Nearby words

  1. adaptable,
  2. adaptation,
  3. adapted,
  4. adapter,
  5. adaption,
  6. adaptive behavior scale,
  7. adaptive hypertrophy,
  8. adaptive optics,
  9. adaptive radiation,
  10. adaptogen

Origin of adaptive

First recorded in 1815–25; adapt + -ive

Related forms
Can be confusedadaptive adoptive

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