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 for adoptive
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Adoptive \A*dopt"ive\, a. [L. adoptivus: cf. F. adoptif.]
     Pertaining to adoption; made or acquired by adoption; fitted
     to adopt; as, an adoptive father, an child; an adoptive
     language. -- A*dopt"ive*ly, adv.
     [1913 Webster]

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  adoptive
      adj 1: of parents and children; related by adoption; "adoptive
             parents" [ant: biological]
      2: acquired as your own by free choice; "my adopted state"; "an
         adoptive country" [syn: adopted, adoptive] [ant:
         native]

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