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