[ uh-dap-tiv ]
/ əˈdæp tɪv /
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serving or able to adapt; showing or contributing to adaptation: the adaptive coloring of a chameleon.
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OTHER WORDS FROM adaptive
a·dap·tive·ly, adverba·dap·tive·ness, nounad·ap·tiv·i·ty [ad-ap-tiv-i-tee], /ˌæd æpˈtɪv ɪ ti/, nounnon·a·dap·tive, adjective
re·a·dap·tive, adjectivere·a·dap·tive·ly, adverbre·a·dap·tive·ness, nounun·a·dap·tive, adjectiveun·a·dap·tive·ly, adverbun·a·dap·tive·ness, noun
WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH adaptiveadaptive , adoptive
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How to use adaptive in a sentence
Adaptiveness—Let each dress worn by a lady be suitable to the occasion upon which she wears it.The Ladies' Book of Etiquette, and Manual of Politeness|Florence Hartley
In all the changes she had learned to be content, and she had a certain adaptiveness that kept her from being unhappy.
The child, with her many changes and gentle nature, had developed a certain tact or adaptiveness, and loved pleasantness.
In this human task of securing adaptation and retaining adaptiveness the life sciences have high rank.College Teaching|Paul Klapper
With all his extraordinary adaptiveness, he stands in many respects in sharpest contrast to his environment.Sketches In The House (1893)|T. P. O'Connor