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of or involving .
acquired or related by :
an adoptive father or son.
tending to .
Contemporary Examples

Actually, as Parkin noted while testifying at a foreclosure proceeding five years ago, Prusik was in fact his adoptive mother.
Brooklyn’s Real-Life Norman Bates Accused of Cross-Dressing Fraud Michael Daly April 28, 2012

Legally, Woody remains the adoptive father of Dylan and Moses.
The Woody Allen Allegations: Not So Fast Robert B. Weide January 26, 2014

A co-host of the event, Furness, who is married to Jackman, is an actress, adoptive mother, and adoption advocate.
Making Adoption Work Danielle Friedman November 16, 2010

Her adoptive parents had invested the 18 years of love, discipline, and resources that shaped this incredible girl.
A Daughter, Rediscovered on Facebook Tré Miller Rodríguez May 12, 2012

There is wide consensus among attorneys that adoptive parents can vacate an adoption if acts of fraud were committed.
Couple Sues Over Russian ‘Bait-and-Switch’ Adoption of Disabled Kids Tina Traster October 29, 2014

Historical Examples

Thus there came to the empire only experienced men, who without confusion assumed the throne of their adoptive fathers.
History Of Ancient Civilization Charles Seignobos

Both girls used that delicate shading of their adoptive tie with him.
The Prisoner Alice Brown

His adoptive father shall give him of his wealth one-third of a child’s portion, and then he may go.
The Great Events by Famous Historians, Vol. 1 Various

But more possible where there are seven adoptive sisters, than where there is only one.
Gryll Grange Thomas Love Peacock

In order to obtain beatitude for her adoptive father, she resolved to become a river whose waters should purify from all sin.
Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 5, Slice 5 Various

acquired or related by adoption: an adoptive father
of or relating to adoption Compare adopted

early 15c., from Middle French adoptif, from Latin adoptivus “pertaining to adoption,” from stem of adoptere (see adopt).


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