adoptive


adoptive
adop·tive /ə-'däp-tiv/ adj
1 a: having adopted
an adoptive parent
b: having been adopted
an adoptive child
2: made or acquired by accepting as one's own the words or actions of another
to constitute an adoptive admission...defendant must actually understand what was said and have an opportunity to deny itUnited States v. White, 766 F. Supp. 873 (1991)

Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary of Law. . 1996.

adoptive
adjective adoptivus, appointive, choosing, discretional, elective, preferential, selective associated concepts: adoptive father, adoptive mother, adoptive parent, foster care, inheritance by adoptive parents, inheritance from adoptive parents, intestate succession, parental rights, wards of the juvenile court

Burton's Legal Thesaurus. . 2006


adoptive
adj.
1 Related by virtue of an adoption. For example, an adult who adopts a child is that child's adoptive parent. (Although the adult is referred to as the adoptive parent, the minor is known as the adopted child.)
2 Pertaining to an adoption of any kind. For example, by adoptive works or conduct, one may accept legal responsibility for the act of another.

Webster's New World Law Dictionary. . 2000.

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  • Adoptive — A*dopt ive, a. [L. adoptivus: cf. F. adoptif.] Pertaining to adoption; made or acquired by adoption; fitted to adopt; as, an adoptive father, an child; an adoptive language. {A*dopt ive*ly}, adv. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adoptive — [ə däp′tiv] adj. [L adoptivus] 1. having to do with adoption 2. having become so by the act of adoption [adoptive parents] adoptively adv …   English World dictionary

  • adoptive — (adj.) early 15c., from M.Fr. adoptif, from L. adoptivus pertaining to adoption, from stem of adoptere (see ADOPT (Cf. adopt)) …   Etymology dictionary

  • adoptive — ► ADJECTIVE 1) (of a child or parent) in that relationship by adoption. 2) denoting a place chosen as one s permanent place of residence …   English terms dictionary

  • adoptive — [[t]ədɒ̱ptɪv[/t]] 1) ADJ: ADJ n Someone s adoptive family is the family that adopted them. He was brought up by adoptive parents in London. ...her adoptive mother. 2) ADJ: ADJ n Someone s adoptive country or city is the one that they choose for… …   English dictionary

  • adoptive — adoptively, adv. /euh dop tiv/, adj. 1. of or involving adoption. 2. acquired or related by adoption: an adoptive father or son. 3. tending to adopt. [1400 50; < L adoptivus; see ADOPT, IVE; r. late ME adoptife < MF adoptif] Usage. Although… …   Universalium

  • adoptive — ● adoptif, adoptive adjectif (latin adoptivus) Qu on a adopté : Fils adoptif. Qui a adopté : Père adoptif. Se dit d un pays choisi, préféré à d autres : Patrie adoptive. Relatif à l adoption : Filiation adoptive …   Encyclopédie Universelle

  • adoptive — a•dop•tive [[t]əˈdɒp tɪv[/t]] adj. 1) of or involving adoption 2) use acquired or related by adoption: an adoptive father[/ex] 3) tending to adopt • Etymology: 1400–50; late ME < MF < L a•dop′tive•ly, adv. usage: adoptive is customarily… …   From formal English to slang

  • adoptive — /əˈdɒptɪv / (say uh doptiv) adjective 1. related by adoption: an adoptive father; an adoptive son. 2. tending to adopt: adoptive of new technology. 3. (of children) for adoption. –adoptively, adverb …   Australian English dictionary

  • adoptive — adopted, adoptive The correct use of each word is as follows: a child is adopted and its parents are adoptive. The distinction has become eroded in recent usage, especially in extended uses with reference to countries, homes, etc …   Modern English usage


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