A Dictionary of the English Language
                        A Digital Edition of the 1755 Classic by Samuel Johnson
        Search Transcribed Entries:


View Scan · View Transcription · from page 85

View Scan · View Transcription · from page 85

Ado'ptive. adj. [adoptivus, Lat.]

  1. He that is adopted by another, and made his son.

    It is impossible an elective monarch should be so free and absolute as an hereditary; no more than it is possible for a father to have so full power and interest in an adoptive son, as in a natural. Bacon's Considerations on a War with Spain.

  2. He that adapts another, and makes him his son.

    An adopted son cannot cite his adoptive father into court, without his leave. Ayliffe's Parergon Juris Canonici.

Sources: Ayliffe, John (43) · Bacon, Francis (396)

Attributes: Adjective (426) · Latin (690)

Search for this word in: American Heritage · Cambridge · Dictionary.com · The Free Dictionary · Longman · Merriam-Webster · OneLook · Oxford Dictionaries · Vocabulary.com · Wiktionary · Wordnik

Cite this page: Johnson, Samuel. "Adoptive." A Dictionary of the English Language: A Digital Edition of the 1755 Classic by Samuel Johnson. Edited by Brandi Besalke. Last modified: April 11, 2014. https://johnsonsdictionaryonline.com/adoptive/.

johnsonsdictionaryonline.com is completely free to use. Johnson's dictionary is in the public domain, but please respect the hours of work put into this site by linking to it or crediting it. This site assumes no liability for its content or for the content of external sites linked to it, and has no warranty or guarantee concerning accuracy or availability.