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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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  • Their adaptability even allows them to thrive in cities.
  • He has taken the varieties farmers selected for their adaptability and determined which of them promise the best yield.
  • adaptability-that's the main reason for the success of the coyote.
  • Supreme adaptability helped crocs survive many global extinctions, including the one that killed off dinosaurs.
  • It was their degree of adaptability to changed conditions.
  • Ultimately a self-awareness is healthy, but adaptability will have its limits.
  • They are marked by clearness of expression and show great sense of adaptability.
  • In the meantime, here are some examples of life's awesome adaptability.
  • And its babies would either have better adaptability than that creature or worse adaptability.
  • The farmer who is inventive enough to build a mill is competent to see quickly the adaptability of certain parts to his ideas.
Word Origin and History for adaptability

1660s, from adapt + -ability.



1800, from adapt + -able.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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