A*dop"tion (#), n. [L. adoptio, allied to adoptare to adopt: cf. F. adoption.]
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.
Admission to a more intimate relation; reception; as, the adoption of persons into hospitals or monasteries, or of one society into another.
The choosing and making that to be one's own which originally was not so; acceptance; as, the adoption of opinions.
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