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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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  • It is also highly adaptable and can change to increase its ability to spot new microbes.
  • It is interesting how quickly the fishing effort can change location-it may be as adaptable as its quarry.
  • The delicate flavor of fish fillets is adaptable to all sorts of interesting sauces.
  • Fortunately, the method he suggests is highly adaptable.
  • US manufactures now complain that workers are not adaptable.
  • Ancient corals may have been more adaptable to changing ocean chemistry than previously thought, a new study shows.
  • They are adaptable to many climates and have many garden uses.
  • Anything which comes out of the sea and is adaptable will be finely dressed and appear in all sorts of fashionable shapes.
  • It's adaptable and will make keeping track of both gadgets and their cords much easier.
  • But being an adaptable employee is consistently rewarded.
Word Origin and History for adaptable

1800, from adapt + -able.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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