the act of adopting: the adoption of a new amendment.
the state of being adopted.

1300–50; Middle English adopcioun < Latin adoptiōn-, stem of adoptiō. See ad-, option

adoptional, adjective
nonadoption, noun
preadoption, noun
proadoption, adjective
readoption, noun
unadoptional, adjective Unabridged
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World English Dictionary
adopt (əˈdɒpt)
1.  law to bring (a person) into a specific relationship, esp to take (another's child) as one's own child
2.  to choose and follow (a plan, technique, etc)
3.  to take over (an idea, etc) as if it were one's own
4.  to take on; assume: to adopt a title
5.  to accept (a report, etc)
[C16: from Latin adoptāre to choose for oneself, from optāre to choose]

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Word Origin & History

mid-14c., from L. adoptionem (nom. adoptio), noun of action from adoptare "chose for oneself," from ad- "to" + optare "choose, wish, desire" (see option).
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Bible Dictionary

Adoption definition

the giving to any one the name and place and privileges of a son who is not a son by birth. (1.) Natural. Thus Pharaoh's daughter adopted Moses (Ex. 2:10), and Mordecai Esther (Esther 2:7). (2.) National. God adopted Israel (Ex. 4:22; Deut. 7:6; Hos. 11:1; Rom. 9:4). (3.) Spiritual. An act of God's grace by which he brings men into the number of his redeemed family, and makes them partakers of all the blessings he has provided for them. Adoption represents the new relations into which the believer is introduced by justification, and the privileges connected therewith, viz., an interest in God's peculiar love (John 17:23; Rom. 5:5-8), a spiritual nature (2 Pet. 1:4; John 1:13), the possession of a spirit becoming children of God (1 Pet. 1:14; 2 John 4; Rom. 8:15-21; Gal. 5:1; Heb. 2:15), present protection, consolation, supplies (Luke 12:27-32; John 14:18; 1 Cor. 3:21-23; 2 Cor. 1:4), fatherly chastisements (Heb. 12:5-11), and a future glorious inheritance (Rom. 8:17,23; James 2:5; Phil. 3:21).

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Example sentences for adoption
This advance paved the way for widespread adoption of optical mice.
One of the main drivers for adoption of biodiesel is energy security.
This gradual rise in the dominance of infantry led to the adoption of dismounted tactics.
Adoption of this process has made cmp processing much more widespread.
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