Meaning of “adoptive” in the English Dictionary

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"adoptive" in British English

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adoptiveadjective [ before noun ]

uk /əˈdɒp.tɪv/ us /əˈdɑːp.tɪv/

An adoptive parent is one who has adopted a child.

(Definition of “adoptive” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"adoptive" in American English

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adoptiveadjective [ not gradable ]

us /əˈdɑp·tɪv/

related, esp. as parents of someone, through adoption:

Her adoptive parents were farmers.

(Definition of “adoptive” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)