[uh-dap-tuh-buh l]


capable of being adapted.
able to adjust oneself readily to different conditions: an adaptable person.

Origin of adaptable

First recorded in 1790–1800; adapt + -able
Related formsa·dapt·a·bil·i·ty, a·dapt·a·ble·ness, nounnon·a·dapt·a·bil·i·ty, nounnon·a·dapt·a·ble, adjectivenon·a·dapt·a·ble·ness, nounre·a·dapt·a·bil·i·ty, nounre·a·dapt·a·ble, adjectivesu·per·a·dapt·a·ble, adjectivesu·per·a·dapt·a·ble·ness, nounsu·per·a·dapt·a·bly, adverbun·a·dapt·a·ble, adjectiveun·a·dapt·a·ble·ness, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for unadaptable

Historical Examples of unadaptable

  • The Thoracic employer, who always wants things done instantly, is maddened by the slow, unadaptable Osseous employee.

    How to Analyze People on Sight

    Elsie Lincoln Benedict and Ralph Paine Benedict

  • And not only was he ill-informed—that was true of Mr. Lloyd George also—but his mind was slow and unadaptable.

  • But he had proved himself incompetent, unadaptable, a stick, a pedantic incapable.

    The Half-Hearted

    John Buchan

  • I am too stiffened by work, unskilled in travel, too unadaptable to begin again elsewhere.

    The Far Horizon

    Lucas Malet

Word Origin and History for unadaptable



1800, from adapt + -able.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper