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n. taking of a child as one's own; act of adopting; state of being adopted; (Legal) court proceeding according to which an adult becomes the legal parent of a child who is not his/her biological child; acceptation, act of accepting with approval; positive acceptance

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Adoption is a process whereby a person assumes the parenting of another, usually a child, from that person's biological or legal parent or parents, and, in so doing, permanently transfers all rights and responsibilities, along with filiation, from the biological parent or parents. Unlike guardianship or other systems designed for the care of the young, adoption is intended to effect a permanent change in status and as such requires societal recognition, either through legal or religious sanction. Historically, some societies have enacted specific laws governing adoption; where others have tried to achieve adoption through less formal means, notably via contracts that specified inheritance rights and parental responsibilities without an accompanying transfer of filiation. Modern systems of adoption, arising in the 20th century, tend to be governed by comprehensive statutes and regulations.

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1. the act of accepting with approval; favorable reception; "its adoption by society"; "the proposal found wide acceptance"
(synonym) acceptance, acceptation, espousal
(hypernym) blessing, approval, approving
(hyponym) embrace, bosom
(derivation) adopt, follow, espouse
2. 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)
(hypernym) proceeding, legal proceeding, proceedings
(derivation) adopt, take in
(classification) law, jurisprudence
3. the appropriation (of ideas or words etc) from another source; "the borrowing of ancient motifs was very apparent"
(synonym) borrowing
(hypernym) appropriation
(hyponym) naturalization, naturalisation
(derivation) adopt, borrow, take over, take up

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Adoption (die)
nf. adoption, taking of a child as one's own

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nf. adoption, adopt; espousal, passage

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