Definition of adoptive adjective from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//əˈdɒptɪv//
; NAmE NAmE//əˈdɑːptɪv//
[usually before noun] Raising children, Family background
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an adoptive parent or family is one that has legally adopted a child his adoptive father See related entries: Raising children, Family background Word Originlate Middle English: via Old French from Latin adoptivus, from adoptare ‘select for oneself’, from ad- ‘to’ + optare ‘choose’.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: adoptive