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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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  • She forgot, with the adaptable memory of youth, her troubles.

    Find the Woman Arthur Somers Roche
  • Because they were so likable and intelligent and adaptable—they were vastly dangerous!

    Zen Jerome Bixby
  • They make the apple-tree group one of the most widespread and adaptable of temperate-region trees.

    The Apple-Tree L. H. Bailey
  • Few words are more elastic and adaptable than the verb substantive.

  • The new plant (Nicotiana tabacum) proved easily naturalized and adaptable to the Virginia soil.

  • Which of the possessions of the United States are adaptable for cane-sugar?

    Commercial Geography Jacques W. Redway
  • Captain Mackinnon believes the mind of the Americans to be the keenest and most adaptable in the world.

Word Origin and History for adaptable

1800, from adapt + -able.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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