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adaptive (adj.)

"of, pertaining to, or characterized by adaptation," 1795, from adapt + -ive. The classically proper formation is adaptative (1831).

updated on September 14, 2022

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Definitions of adaptive from WordNet

adaptive (adj.)
having a capacity for adaptation;
the adaptive coloring of a chameleon
Synonyms: adaptative
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