A*dop"tion (?), n. [L. adoptio,
allied to adoptare to adopt: cf. F. adoption.]
1. The act of adopting, or state of being adopted;
voluntary acceptance of a child of other parents to be the same as one's
2. Admission to a more intimate relation;
reception; as, the adoption of persons into hospitals or
monasteries, or of one society into another.
3. The choosing and making that to be one's own
which originally was not so; acceptance; as, the adoption of
opinions. Jer. Taylor.