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adoption

2 definitions found

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Adoption \A*dop"tion\, noun [L. adoptio, allied to adoptare to adopt: cf. F. adoption.]

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

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

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:

adoption

noun

1: the act of accepting with approval; favorable reception; "its adoption by society"; "the proposal found wide acceptance" [syn: {adoption}, {acceptance}, {acceptation}, {espousal}]

2: 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: the appropriation (of ideas or words etc) from another source; "the borrowing of ancient motifs was very apparent" [syn: {borrowing}, {adoption}]


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