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[uh-dap-tuh-buh l] /əˈdæp tə bəl/
capable of being adapted.
able to adjust oneself readily to different conditions:
an adaptable person.
Origin of adaptable
1790-1800; adapt + -able
Related forms
adaptability, adaptableness, noun
nonadaptability, noun
nonadaptable, adjective
nonadaptableness, noun
readaptability, noun
readaptable, adjective
superadaptable, adjective
superadaptableness, noun
superadaptably, adverb
unadaptable, adjective
unadaptableness, noun Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • Our power, our adaptability, our potential wealth they never forget.

  • The adaptability of the experienced person must be psychical and acquired.

    College Teaching Paul Klapper
  • If there is one complaint to be made against the Englishman trading with a foreign land, it is his lack of adaptability.

    The Amazing Argentine John Foster Fraser
  • The doubtfulness as to their adaptability to the representative form of government.

    The Arena Various
  • They have shown the adaptability of hermit crabs in fitting themselves into their awkward environment.

    Six Major Prophets Edwin Emery Slosson
  • adaptability grows with experience and with increase of self-confidence.

    The Measurement of Intelligence Lewis Madison Terman
Word Origin and History for adaptability

1660s, from adapt + -ability.



1800, from adapt + -able.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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