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OTHER WORDS FROM adoptivea·dop·tive·ly, adverbun·a·dop·tive, adjectiveun·a·dop·tive·ly, adverb
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What does adoptive mean?
Adoptive means related by adoption—the process of taking another parent’s child into one’s custody, typically in a formal legal way, in order to permanently act as their parent or guardian. To do so is to adopt.
A person’s adoptive family is the one they were adopted into. The word can also be applied to specific family members related by adoption, as in adoptive father and adoptive daughter. However, adoptive is most commonly used for parents, while the adjective adopted is more commonly applied to a child who has been adopted, as in Their adopted daughter is the newest addition to the family.
Adoption most commonly involves an adult couple or a single adult adopting and raising a child who is no longer in the custody of either of their birth parents (biological parents), such as in cases where they have died or are otherwise unable to care for the child. More generally, adoptive can be used to describe things involving adoption.
The word adopt is also used in more general ways. It can mean to choose or take as one’s own (such as to adopt a new tradition) or to accept something or vote to approve it (such as to adopt a plan or law). Adoptive can also mean tending to adopt in these ways, but this sense is not very commonly used.
Example: I consider my adoptive family my real family, but I still want to have a relationship with my birth parents.
Where does adoptive come from?
The first records of the word adoptive come from the 1400s. Its base word, adopt, comes from the Latin verb adoptāre, meaning “to choose for oneself,” from optāre, “to choose.”
Adoption of children is often pursued by people who are unable or who choose not to have biological children, but it can also involve families with their own children adopting other children into the family. A child can also be adopted by a relative, such as an aunt, uncle, or grandparent. A person who has been adopted can be referred to as an adoptee. Adoptees can refer to their family as their adoptive family, or just their family.
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- adopt (verb)
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How is adoptive used in real life?
Adoptive is most commonly used to describe families and parents.
Imagine having to leave everything you know behind. Family, friends, pets, home – all in one go. It's what we see adopted children go through every day.
Zara, an adoptive parent, shares how she's helped her adopted children "settle in": https://t.co/stALK0zuPq
— Action for Children (@actnforchildren) October 26, 2020
Have you ever adopted a child? Do you come from an adoptive family? It can be a bittersweet experience for those involved.
— CBC's Out in the Open (@cbcopen) August 17, 2019
My adoptive mother passed away three years ago today. Captain in the US Army, veteran, Registered Nurse, and not a day goes by that I don't think about her. This is the last known photograph of her. 😢 https://t.co/deIdKNEAyt pic.twitter.com/iviq0tnXu7
— 𝔾𝕙𝕠𝕤𝕥 𝕋𝕣𝕒𝕧𝕖𝕝𝕝𝕖𝕣 (@cityrider49) October 22, 2020
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Is adoptive used correctly in the following sentence?
People ask me what I call my adoptive mother—I call her Mom.
Example sentences from the Web for adoptive
After high school, he went to work in the clothing store, and later helped his future adoptive dad manage Youth Leaders International until it closed six years ago, having never recovered from the 2008 financial crisis.
There is wide consensus among attorneys that adoptive parents can vacate an adoption if acts of fraud were committed.Couple Sues Over Russian ‘Bait-and-Switch’ Adoption of Disabled Kids|Tina Traster|October 30, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Pause, here, for a side-story: Costa is a Brazilian who elected to play for his adoptive Spain over the country of his birth.Dutch Treat: The Netherlands Sinks Spain In World Cup 2014|Tunku Varadarajan|June 13, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Scott, born Laura “Luann” Bambrough, was raised in Utah by adoptive Mormon parents.Fashion Designer—and Mick Jagger’s Girlfriend—L’Wren Scott, Found Dead|Erin Cunningham|March 17, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Cofsky explained that Matthew Mancuso, the adoptive father, looked perfect on paper.
They sat in on monthly conference calls with the State Department for families caught midstream in the adoptive process.
Over him the adoptive father had potests as over a son of his own, and looked upon him as flesh of his flesh and bone of his bone.The Private Life of the Romans|Harold Whetstone Johnston
He was the first and greatest of the Roman emperors, in his way perhaps fully as great as his adoptive father, Julius Csar.
Richard told his adoptive parents where he had been, and asked if he might invite his new friends for the next Sunday.There and Back|George MacDonald
That was originally an adoptive act, but it is now extended to all districts in England and Wales.
In order to obtain beatitude for her adoptive father, she resolved to become a river whose waters should purify from all sin.