Definition of adaptive in English:


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mainly technical
  • Characterized by or given to adaptation.

    ‘mutation is ultimately essential for adaptive evolution in all populations’
    • ‘You can even make the case that it is an evolutionary adaptive behaviour.’
    • ‘The adaptive skills are those daily living skills needed to live, work and play in the community.’
    • ‘It also features adaptive headlights that swivel with the direction of travel to illuminate the road ahead.’
    • ‘The human immune system is a remarkably flexible and adaptive piece of technology.’
    • ‘These people tend to have adaptive skills and social and environmental resources.’



/əˈdaptiv/ /əˈdæptɪv/