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of or involving adoption.
acquired or related by adoption: an adoptive father or son.
tending to adopt.

1400–50; < Latin adoptīvus; see adopt, -ive; replacing late Middle English adoptife < Middle French adoptif

adoptively, adverb
unadoptive, adjective
unadoptively, adverb

1. adaptive, adoptive ; 2. adopted, adoptive.

Although adoptive in the sense “acquired or related by adoption” can refer to either parent or child in such a relationship, adoptive is customarily applied to the parent (her adoptive mother) and adopted to the child (their adopted son).
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adoptive (əˈdɒptɪv)
1.  acquired or related by adoption: an adoptive father
2.  Compare adopted of or relating to adoption

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