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Meaning of ADOPTION

Pronunciation:  ud'√Ępshun

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  the appropriation (of ideas or words etc) from another source; "the borrowing of ancient motifs was very apparent"
  2. [n]  the act of accepting with approval; favorable reception; "its adoption by society"; "the proposal found wide acceptance"
  3. [n]  a legal proceeding that creates a parent-child relation between persons not related by blood; the adopted child is entitled to all privileges belonging to a natural child of the adoptive parents (including the right to inherit)

ADOPTION is a 8 letter word that starts with A.


 Synonyms: acceptance, acceptation, borrowing, espousal
 See Also: appropriation, approval, approving, blessing, bosom, embrace, legal proceeding, misappropriation, naturalisation, naturalization, proceeding, proceedings



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
\A*dop"tion\, n. [L. adoptio, allied to adoptare to
adopt: cf. F. adoption.]
1. The act of adopting, or state of being adopted; voluntary
   acceptance of a child of other parents to be the same as
   one's own child.

2. Admission to a more intimate relation; reception; as, the
   adoption of persons into hospitals or monasteries, or of
   one society into another.

3. The choosing and making that to be one's own which
   originally was not so; acceptance; as, the adoption of
   opinions. --Jer. Taylor.

Dream Dictionary
 Definition: If you dream that you are adopting a child, then it means that you are assuming new responsibilities or new tasks. This could indicate that something is missing in your life and keeping you from being happy. If you dream that you are adopted, then it means that the child within you needs to be released more often; shed some of your inhibitions and shyness.
Easton Bible Dictionary

the giving to any one the name and place and privileges of a son who is not a son by birth.

(1.) Natural. Thus Pharaoh's daughter adopted Moses (Ex. 2:10), and Mordecai Esther (Esther 2:7).

(2.) National. God adopted Israel (Ex. 4:22; Deut. 7:6; Hos. 11:1; Rom. 9:4).

(3.) Spiritual. An act of God's grace by which he brings men into the number of his redeemed family, and makes them partakers of all the blessings he has provided for them. Adoption represents the new relations into which the believer is introduced by justification, and the privileges connected therewith, viz., an interest in God's peculiar love (John 17:23; Rom. 5:5-8), a spiritual nature (2 Pet. 1:4; John 1:13), the possession of a spirit becoming children of God (1 Pet. 1:14; 2 John 4; Rom. 8:15-21; Gal. 5:1; Heb. 2:15), present protection, consolation, supplies (Luke 12:27-32; John 14:18; 1 Cor. 3:21-23; 2 Cor. 1:4), fatherly chastisements (Heb. 12:5-11), and a future glorious inheritance (Rom. 8:17,23; James 2:5; Phil. 3:21).

Thesaurus Terms
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