adaptive

[uh-dap-tiv]
adjective
serving or able to adapt; showing or contributing to adaptation: the adaptive coloring of a chameleon.

Origin:
1815–25; adapt + -ive

adaptively, adverb
adaptiveness, noun
adaptivity [ad-ap-tiv-i-tee] , noun
nonadaptive, adjective
readaptive, adjective
readaptively, adverb
readaptiveness, noun
unadaptive, adjective
unadaptively, adverb
unadaptiveness, noun

adaptive, adoptive.
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adapt (əˈdæpt)
 
vb
1.  (often foll by to) to adjust (someone or something, esp oneself) to different conditions, a new environment, etc
2.  (tr) to fit, change, or modify to suit a new or different purpose: to adapt a play for use in schools
 
[C17: from Latin adaptāre, from ad- to + aptāre to fit, from aptusapt]
 
a'daptable
 
adj
 
adapta'bility
 
n
 
a'daptableness
 
n
 
a'daptive
 
adj

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Example sentences
See animals up close and gain a better understanding of their habitat, size and
  adaptive characteristics.
If having a long neck was evolutionarily adaptive, heads had to remain small.
The proportionally long necks of sauropods must have had some adaptive
  advantage for the trait to be so widespread and persistent.
But the environment he designed it for has been changing so fast that his
  design is no longer as adaptive as it used to be.
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