adopted, adoptive

An adopted child is one taken by others in a formal, legal act. The foster parent or parents who have undergone such a legal maneuver are called adoptive: "The adopted infant grew fond of her adoptive parents."

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  • 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

  • adopted — 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

  • adoptive — See adopted, adoptive …   Dictionary of problem words and expressions

  • adopted — See adopted, adoptive …   Dictionary of problem words and expressions

  • 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 …   Law dictionary

  • Adopted child syndrome — is a controversial term that has been used to explain behaviors in adopted children that are claimed to be related to their adoptive status. Specifically, these include problems in bonding, attachment disorders, lying, stealing, defiance of… …   Wikipedia

  • 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 — 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 — [[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

  • adopted — adjective acquired as your own by free choice (Freq. 2) my adopted state an adoptive country • Syn: ↑adoptive • Ant: ↑native • Derivationally related forms: ↑ …   Useful english dictionary

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