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adaptabilityadaptabilité (fr.); Adaptabilität (ger.)

  • The quality of being adaptable; capacity of being adapted or of adapting oneself; potential fitness. (OED 2012)
    This quickness, this plasticity, this adaptability of character is also a feature of the common people in Scotland
    Anonymus (1805). [Rez. Travels from Hamburg, through Westphalia, Holland, and the Netherlands, to Paris. By Thomas Holcroft]. The Annual Review, and History of Literature for 1804 3, 56-69: 64.
    the greater developement of his nervous system, the more extensive adaptability of his articulations, the more various mobility of his muscles [of man compared to animals]
    Colburn, H. (1820). Comparative psychology. The New Monthly Magazine 14, 296-304: 301.
    One of the most wonderful circumstances in the construction of the hand, is its adaptability to an infinite number of offices
    Todd, R.B. & Bowman, W. (1845). The Physiological Anatomy and Physiology of Man, vol. 2: 149 (as in OED).
    The very success of the adaptation decreases the creature’s adaptability
    Huxley, J. (1912). The Individual in the Animal Kingdom: 13.