What does the word adoptive mean?

    Part of speech: adjective

  • Pertaining or tending to adoption.

Usage examples for adoptive

  1. His language to his emperor and adoptive father was deeply respectful and he spoke modestly of himself. – Tacitus: The Histories, Volumes I and II by Caius Cornelius Tacitus
  2. You hear a noise, and in about half a minute you begin to see one, and it begins to rain oil and mud and salt water and rocks and pitchforks and adoptive citizens; and when it clears up the derrick's painted- got a coat on that 'll wear in any climate. – A Hazard of New Fortunes by William Dean Howells
  3. Parricide, in that he hath compassed the death of his adoptive father; sacrilege, in that he burnt the priory of St. Wilfred with all the monks therein, and later the Priory of St. Denys, from which the inmates had happily escaped, and in support of this accusation I am ready to wager my body in the lists, if the King so allow. – The Rival Heirs being the Third and Last Chronicle of Aescendune by A. D. Crake