Etymology
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adoptive (adj.)

early 15c., adpotif, "by adoption," from Old French adoptif and directly from Latin adoptivus "pertaining to adoption," from stem of adoptere "to choose, adopt" (see adopt).

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Definitions of adoptive

adoptive (adj.)
of parents and children; related by adoption;
adoptive parents
adoptive (adj.)
acquired as your own by free choice;
an adoptive country
Synonyms: adopted
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