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ADOPTION

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does adoption mean? 

ADOPTION (noun)
  The noun ADOPTION has 3 senses:

1. the act of accepting with approval; favorable reception
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

  Familiarity information: ADOPTION used as a noun is uncommon.


 Dictionary entry details 


ADOPTION (noun)


Sense 1adoption [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

The act of accepting with approval; favorable reception

Classified under:

Nouns denoting acts or actions

Synonyms:

adoption; acceptance; acceptation; espousal

Context examples:

its adoption by society / the proposal found wide acceptance

Hypernyms ("adoption" is a kind of...):

approval; approving; blessing (the formal act of approving)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "adoption"):

bosom; embrace (a close affectionate and protective acceptance)


Sense 2adoption [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

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)

Classified under:

Nouns denoting acts or actions

Hypernyms ("adoption" is a kind of...):

legal proceeding; proceeding; proceedings ((law) the institution of a sequence of steps by which legal judgments are invoked)

Domain category:

jurisprudence; law (the collection of rules imposed by authority)


Sense 3adoption [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

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

Classified under:

Nouns denoting acts or actions

Synonyms:

borrowing; adoption

Context example:

the borrowing of ancient motifs was very apparent

Hypernyms ("adoption" is a kind of...):

appropriation (a deliberate act of acquisition)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "adoption"):

naturalisation; naturalization (changing the pronunciation of a borrowed word to agree with the borrowers' phonology)

misappropriation (wrongful borrowing)

crossover (the appropriation of a new style (especially in popular music) by combining elements of different genres in order to appeal to a wider audience)


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