Definitions for: Adoption


[n] the appropriation (of ideas or words etc) from another source; "the borrowing of ancient motifs was very apparent"
[n] the act of accepting with approval; favorable reception; "its adoption by society"; "the proposal found wide acceptance"
[n] 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)



Webster (1913) Definition: A*dop"tion, n. [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.

Synonyms: acceptance, acceptation, borrowing, espousal

See Also: appropriation, approval, approving, blessing, bosom, embrace, legal proceeding, misappropriation, naturalisation, naturalization, proceeding, proceedings

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