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serving or able to ; showing or contributing to :
the adaptive coloring of a chameleon.
Contemporary Examples

What adaptive technology has been the most useful or important for you?
‘The Paralyzed Bride’ Talks Life & Sex as a 27-Year-Old Quadriplegic February 26, 2013

To see the adaptive benefits of depression, it helps to consider certain cruel but illuminating studies.
How Depression Could Save Your Life Nick Romeo March 3, 2014

And with a little luck, these adaptive techniques can work to our advantage.
Sharks Are Scary But Not That Dangerous Juliet Eilperin June 15, 2011

But like the organization he now runs, he is agile and adaptive.
Bin Laden’s Replacement Bruce Riedel June 15, 2011

One sign that depression is an adaptive behavioral response is its widespread presence in the animal kingdom.
How Depression Could Save Your Life Nick Romeo March 3, 2014

Historical Examples

All organic and structural changes are adaptive from the first; they do not need natural selection to whip them into shape.
The Last Harvest John Burroughs

The facility of speech, the adaptive moulding to another’s mood was not in him!
A Man of Two Countries Alice Harriman

As yet there is no clear evidence that reduction of the zygomatic arch is of adaptive value.
Natural History of the Ornate Box Turtle, Terrapene ornata ornata Agassiz John M. Legler

In other words every character in plant or animal must be adaptive.
Mimicry in Butterflies Reginald Crundall Punnett

It also points to the adaptive capacity of social organization within communities to deal with unique and dramatic problems.
An Assessment of the Consequences and Preparations for a Catastrophic California Earthquake: Findings and Actions Taken Various


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