the act of :
the adoption of a new amendment.
the state of being .
Contemporary Examples

When they could not conceive, they went to the adoption board.
The Best of Brit Lit Peter Stothard June 10, 2010

She could have an abortion, put the baby up for adoption, or become a single mother.
Michelle Laxalt’s Awful Secret: A Baby With Pete Domenici Lauren Ashburn February 20, 2013

They won a major battle in July, when the adoption was overturned by the Missouri Court of Appeals in Springfield.
They Stole My Baby Constantino Diaz-Duran November 15, 2010

Her attorneys are now seeking to have the adoption reversed and her parental rights reinstated.
They Stole My Baby Constantino Diaz-Duran November 15, 2010

But the agency still erred, namely by not executing visits to the home in the months following the adoption as required.
Should Woody Allen Have Been Allowed to Adopt? Keli Goff February 6, 2014

Historical Examples

We recommend the adoption of the Great Chief of Records’ report.
Redmanship in Kentucky for Fifty Great Suns Frank L. Smith

The signing did not take place for several weeks after its adoption.
The Nation in a Nutshell George Makepeace Towle

We are at best, only his step-children; children by adoption, children by force of circumstances and necessity.
Masterpieces of Negro Eloquence Various

Three criticisms of the Territorial system have been made ever since its adoption in 1907.
With Manchesters in the East Gerald B. Hurst

“Either I must resign my ministry, leave the land of my adoption and the queen whom I had chosen to obey—or——” He paused again.
The Works of Robert Louis Stevenson – Swanston Edition Vol. 7 (of 25) Robert Louis Stevenson


mid-14c., from Old French adopcion or directly from Latin adoptionem (nominative adoptio), noun of action from past participle stem of adoptare “chose for oneself, take by choice, select, adopt,” especially “to take into a family, adopt as a child,” from ad- “to” (see ad-) + optare “choose, wish, desire” (see option (n.)).

the giving to any one the name and place and privileges of a son who is not a son by birth. (1.) Natural. Thus Pharaoh’s daughter adopted Moses (Ex. 2:10), and Mordecai Esther (Esther 2:7). (2.) National. God adopted Israel (Ex. 4:22; Deut. 7:6; Hos. 11:1; Rom. 9:4). (3.) Spiritual. An act of God’s grace by which he brings men into the number of his redeemed family, and makes them partakers of all the blessings he has provided for them. Adoption represents the new relations into which the believer is introduced by justification, and the privileges connected therewith, viz., an interest in God’s peculiar love (John 17:23; Rom. 5:5-8), a spiritual nature (2 Pet. 1:4; John 1:13), the possession of a spirit becoming children of God (1 Pet. 1:14; 2 John 4; Rom. 8:15-21; Gal. 5:1; Heb. 2:15), present protection, consolation, supplies (Luke 12:27-32; John 14:18; 1 Cor. 3:21-23; 2 Cor. 1:4), fatherly chastisements (Heb. 12:5-11), and a future glorious inheritance (Rom. 8:17,23; James 2:5; Phil. 3:21).


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