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[uh-dop-shuh n]
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  1. the act of adopting: the adoption of a new amendment.
  2. the state of being adopted.
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Origin of adoption

1300–50; Middle English adopcioun < Latin adoptiōn-, stem of adoptiō. See ad-, option
Related formsa·dop·tion·al, adjectivenon·a·dop·tion, nounpre·a·dop·tion, nounpro·a·dop·tion, adjectivere·a·dop·tion, nounun·a·dop·tion·al, adjective
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Word Origin and History for adoption


mid-14c., from Old French adopcion or directly from Latin adoptionem (nominative adoptio), noun of action from past participle stem of adoptare "chose for oneself, take by choice, select, adopt," especially "to take into a family, adopt as a child," from ad- "to" (see ad-) + optare "choose, wish, desire" (see option (n.)).

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