Adopted and Adoptive
The Quick AnswerThe difference between adopted and adoptive is best explained with a simple example:
Mr Smith says, "Sarah is my adopted daughter."
Sarah says, "He is my adoptive father.";
AdoptedThe adjective "adopted" describes the person who has been adopted. For example:
- Charles loved his adopted daughter as if she were his own.
AdoptiveThe adjective "adoptive" describes the person who has adopted. For example:
- Rebecca loved her adoptive father as if he were her own.
More Formal Definitions of Adopted and AdoptiveAdoption is the act of legally placing a child with parents (or parent) who are not its natural parents. It has the effect of severing the parental responsibilities and rights of the birth parents and transferring them to the adoptive parents. The child is said to be adopted. The adopted child has two sets of parents: its natural parents and its adoptive parents.
Use Adopted or Adoptive with PlacesIt's easier with places because you can use "adopted" or "adoptive." For example:
- England is his adopted/adoptive country. (Both are acceptable, but adopted is much more common.)
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