[ UK /ɐdˈɒptɪv/ ]
[ US /əˈdɑptɪv/ ]
  1. of parents and children; related by adoption
    adoptive parents
  2. acquired as your own by free choice
    an adoptive country
    my adopted state
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How To Use adoptive In A Sentence

  • In short-term adoptive transfer experiments S1P1-deficient mature B cells accumulated in the BM, but a role for S1P1 in egress was not established PLoS ONE Alerts: New Articles
  • She decided to search for her biological mother after her adoptive parents died.
  • Next, we examined characteristics of 18-month old alloreactive T-cells in a transgenic adoptive transfer model. Elites TV
  • an adoptive country
  • He acquired his love of horses and dogs from his adoptive mother, who adored animals. Times, Sunday Times
  • To the emigrant Irish and to their adoptive countries, the shamrock logo represented all that was best in Irishness.
  • His adoptive parents were solicitors from Leicestershire. Times, Sunday Times
  • On this fourth and final Sunday of waiting, Matthew is the only evangelist to tell Joseph's side of the story of Jesus' birth, emphasizing his role as devout Jew and adoptive father.
  • But, as the mere fact of the unction does not effect a radical unification (for this schools rejects absorption), the unification is made perfect, according to them, by what they call the adoptive birth of Christ -- the ultimate result of the unction of the Father. The Catholic Encyclopedia, Volume 5: Diocese-Fathers of Mercy
  • Finally the ‘deceased wife's sister’ law was belatedly reformed in 1906, although marriage between such affines as adoptive parents and children, and adoptive siblings, remained within the prohibited degrees.
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