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  3  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Adoption  \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  own  child. 
 
  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. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  adoption 
  n  1:  the  act  of  accepting  with  approval;  favorable  reception; 
  "its  adoption  by  society";  "the  proposal  found  wide 
  acceptance"  [syn:  {acceptance}] 
  2:  the  appropriation  (of  ideas  or  words  etc)  from  another 
  source;  "the  borrowing  of  ancient  motifs  was  very 
  apparent"  [syn:  {borrowing}] 
 
  From  Easton's  1897  Bible  Dictionary  [easton]: 
 
  Adoption 
  the  giving  to  any  one  the  name  and  place  and  privileges  of  a  son 
  who  is  not  a  son  by  birth. 
 
  (1.)  Natural.  Thus  Pharaoh's  daughter  adopted  Moses  (Ex. 
  2:10),  and  Mordecai  Esther  (Esther  2:7). 
 
  (2.)  National.  God  adopted  Israel  (Ex.  4:22;  Deut.  7:6;  Hos. 
  11:1;  Rom.  9:4). 
 
  (3.)  Spiritual.  An  act  of  God's  grace  by  which  he  brings  men 
  into  the  number  of  his  redeemed  family,  and  makes  them  partakers 
  of  all  the  blessings  he  has  provided  for  them  Adoption 
  represents  the  new  relations  into  which  the  believer  is 
  introduced  by  justification,  and  the  privileges  connected 
  therewith,  viz.,  an  interest  in  God's  peculiar  love  (John  17:23; 
  Rom.  5:5-8),  a  spiritual  nature  (2  Pet.  1:4;  John  1:13),  the 
  possession  of  a  spirit  becoming  children  of  God  (1  Pet.  1:14;  2 
  John  4;  Rom.  8:15-21;  Gal.  5:1;  Heb.  2:15),  present  protection, 
  consolation,  supplies  (Luke  12:27-32;  John  14:18;  1  Cor. 
  3:21-23;  2  Cor.  1:4),  fatherly  chastisements  (Heb.  12:5-11),  and 
  a  future  glorious  inheritance  (Rom.  8:17,23;  James  2:5;  Phil. 
  3:21). 
 




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