[ uh-dap-tiv ]
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  1. serving or able to adapt; showing or contributing to adaptation: the adaptive coloring of a chameleon.

Origin of adaptive

First recorded in 1815–25; adapt + -ive

Other words from adaptive

  • a·dap·tive·ly, adverb
  • a·dap·tive·ness, noun
  • ad·ap·tiv·i·ty [ad-ap-tiv-i-tee], /ˌæd æpˈtɪv ɪ ti/, noun
  • non·a·dap·tive, adjective
  • re·a·dap·tive, adjective
  • re·a·dap·tive·ly, adverb
  • re·a·dap·tive·ness, noun
  • un·a·dap·tive, adjective
  • un·a·dap·tive·ly, adverb
  • un·a·dap·tive·ness, noun

Words that may be confused with adaptive Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

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