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adoption

[uh-dop-shuh n] /əˈdɒp ʃən/
noun
1.
the act of adopting:
the adoption of a new amendment.
2.
the state of being adopted.
Origin
1300-1350
1300-50; Middle English adopcioun < Latin adoptiōn-, stem of adoptiō. See ad-, option
Related forms
adoptional, adjective
nonadoption, noun
preadoption, noun
proadoption, adjective
readoption, noun
unadoptional, adjective
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Word Origin and History for readoption

adoption

n.

mid-14c., from Old French adopcion or directly from Latin adoptionem (nominative adoptio), noun of action from past participle stem of adoptare "chose for oneself, take by choice, select, adopt," especially "to take into a family, adopt as a child," from ad- "to" (see ad-) + optare "choose, wish, desire" (see option (n.)).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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readoption in the Bible

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).

Easton's 1897 Bible Dictionary
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