[ uh-dap-tiv ]
/ əˈdæp tɪv /


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

Related forms

Can be confused

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

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