Definition of adoption


  • the act of accepting with approval; favorable reception; "its adoption by society", "the proposal found wide acceptance". Synonyms: acceptance, acceptation, espousal.
  • 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).
  • the appropriation (of ideas or words etc) from another source; "the borrowing of ancient motifs was very apparent". Synonyms: borrowing.

Related words

bosom, crossover, embrace, naturalisation, naturalization.

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adoptionists, adoptions, adoptionisms, adoptionism, adoptionist.

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Scrabble and Words With Friends points

  • adoption is a valid Scrabble US word, worth 11 points
  • adoption is a valid Scrabble UK word, worth 11 points
  • adoption is a valid Words With Friends word, worth 13 points
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