Definitions for Adoption

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

a•doptəˈdɒpt(v.t.)

  1. to take and use as one's own:

    to adopt a nickname.

  2. to take and rear (the child of others) as one's own child, specifically by a formal legal act.

  3. to take or receive into any kind of new relationship.

  4. to take on or act in accordance with (an attitude, policy, course, etc.).

  5. to vote to accept.

  6. to select as a basic or required textbook in a course.

Origin of adopt:

1490–1500; (< MF adopter) < L adoptāre=ad-ad - +optāre to opt

a•dop′tion(n.)

Princeton's WordNet

  1. adoption, acceptance, acceptation, espousal(noun)

    the act of accepting with approval; favorable reception

    "its adoption by society"; "the proposal found wide acceptance"

  2. adoption(noun)

    a legal proceeding that creates a parent-child relation between persons not related by blood; the adopted child is entitled to all privileges belonging to a natural child of the adoptive parents (including the right to inherit)

  3. borrowing, adoption(noun)

    the appropriation (of ideas or words etc) from another source

    "the borrowing of ancient motifs was very apparent"

Wiktionary

  1. adoption(Noun)

    The act of adopting, or state of being adopted; voluntary acceptance of a child of other parents to be the same as one's own child.

    A Chinese baby girl was given away for adoption.

  2. adoption(Noun)

    Admission to a more intimate relation; reception; as, the adoption of persons into hospitals or monasteries, or of one society into another.

  3. adoption(Noun)

    The choosing and making that to be one's own which originally was not so; acceptance; as, the adoption of opinions.

  4. Origin: adoption, adoptio, allied to adoptare to adopt.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Adoption(noun)

    the act of adopting, or state of being adopted; voluntary acceptance of a child of other parents to be the same as one's own child

  2. Adoption(noun)

    admission to a more intimate relation; reception; as, the adoption of persons into hospitals or monasteries, or of one society into another

  3. Adoption(noun)

    the choosing and making that to be one's own which originally was not so; acceptance; as, the adoption of opinions

Freebase

  1. Adoption

    Adoption is a process whereby a person assumes the parenting for another and, in so doing, permanently transfers all rights and responsibilities, along with filiation, from the biological parent or parents. Unlike guardianship or other systems designed for the care of the young, adoption is intended to effect a permanent change in status and as such requires societal recognition, either through legal or religious sanction. Historically, some societies have enacted specific laws governing adoption; where others have tried to achieve adoption through less formal means, notably via contracts that specified inheritance rights and parental responsibilities without an accompanying transfer of filiation. Modern systems of adoption, arising in the 20th century, tend to be governed by comprehensive statutes and regulations. Adoption has changed considerably over the centuries with its focus shifting from adult adoption and inheritance issues toward children and family creation; its structure moving from a recognition of continuity between the adopted and kin toward allowing relationships of lessened intensity. In modern times, adoption is a primary vehicle serving the needs of homeless, neglected, abused and runaway children.

U.S. National Library of Medicine

  1. Adoption

    Voluntary acceptance of a child of other parents to be as one's own child, usually with legal confirmation.

British National Corpus

  1. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Adoption' in Nouns Frequency: #2215


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