Legal Definition and Related Resources of Adopt

Meaning of Adopt

To take a child of another as one’s own, with all of the rights and duties there would have been if it had been one’s own originally. See Bailey v Mars, 87 A.2d388, 138 Conn. 593. To accept , ratify, appropriate ; to treat as one’s own. When a person affirms a voidable contract , or ratifies a contract made by his agent beyond his authority , he is sometimes said to adopt it.

Synonyms of Adopt


  • accept
  • ad sententiam
  • admit
  • adoptare
  • affiliate
  • annex
  • appropriate
  • arrogate
  • assimilate
  • assume
  • attach oneself to
  • avail oneself of
  • borrow
  • choose
  • coopt
  • conform to
  • constituere
  • denizenize
  • elect
  • embrace
  • endenizen
  • espouse
  • exercise one’s option
  • follow
  • foster
  • imitate
  • make one’s own
  • naturalize
  • raise
  • seize
  • select
  • select as one’s own
  • take
  • take on
  • take possession of
  • take up
  • try
  • usurp
  • utilize
  • vote to accept Associated Concepts: adopt a child
  • adopt a law
  • adopt a philosophy
  • legitimation
  • support

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Adopt in Historical Law

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Legal Abbreviations and Acronyms

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Mentioned in these terms

Affirm, Equitable Adoption, Fraud, Ratification.

What does Adopt mean in American Law?

The definition of Adopt in the law of the United States, as defined by the lexicographer Arthur Leff in his legal dictionary is:

To make one’s own that which was not before, as an idea, a position, an attitude, or even a person (see adoption of child). By extension it can also mean “to approve.”



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