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Dictionary definition for: Adoption

1. (n) the act of accepting with approval; favorable reception; "its adoption by society" "the proposal found wide acceptance"

2. (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)

3. (n) the appropriation (of ideas or words etc) from another source; "the borrowing of ancient motifs was very apparent"

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