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< French adaptation < Mediaeval Latin adaptatio < Latin adaptare; see adapt.


countable and uncountable; adaptations

adaptation (countable and uncountable; plural adaptations)

  1. (uncountable) The quality of being adapted; adaption; adjustment.
  2. (uncountable) Adjustment to extant conditions: as, adjustment of a sense organ to the intensity or quality of stimulation; modification of some thing or its parts that makes it more fit for existence under the conditions of its current environment.
    • 1911, 1911 Encyclopædia Britannica,  
      ACCLIMATIZATION, the process of adaptation by which animals and plants are gradually rendered capable of surviving and flourishing in countries remote from their original habitats, or under meteorological conditions different from those which they have usually to endure, and at first injurious to them.
  3. (countable) Something which has been adapted; variation.
    • 1910, Frederick Lawton, Balzac,  
      Having partly a bibliographic value, and partly confirming the statements above as to Balzac's influence, the following details concerning theatrical adaptations of some of his novels may serve as a supplement to this chapter.

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