Adoptive A*dopt"ive, a. [L. adoptivus: cf. F. adoptif.] Pertaining to adoption; made or acquired by adoption; fitted to adopt; as, an adoptive father, an child; an adoptive language. -- {A*dopt"ive*ly}, adv. [1913 Webster]

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