adop·tive /ə-'däp-tiv/ adj1 a: having adoptedan adoptive parentb: having been adoptedan adoptive child2: made or acquired by accepting as one's own the words or actions of anotherto constitute an adoptive admission...defendant must actually understand what was said and have an opportunity to deny it — United States v. White, 766 F. Supp. 873 (1991)
Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary of Law. Merriam-Webster. 1996.
adoptivus, appointive, choosing, discretional, elective, preferential, selective
associated concepts: adoptive father, adoptive mother, adoptive parent, foster care, inheritance by adoptive parents, inheritance from adoptive parents, intestate succession, parental rights, wards of the juvenile court
Burton's Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006
adj.1 Related by virtue of an adoption. For example, an adult who adopts a child is that child's adoptive parent. (Although the adult is referred to as the adoptive parent, the minor is known as the adopted child.)2 Pertaining to an adoption of any kind. For example, by adoptive works or conduct, one may accept legal responsibility for the act of another.
Webster's New World Law Dictionary. Susan Ellis Wild. 2000.