Adoptive father

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Related to Adoptive father: adoptive parent, birth father
one who adopts the child of another, treating it as his own.

See also: Father

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary, published 1913 by G. & C. Merriam Co.
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In a ( news conference , she along with the girl's adoptive father, Randall Pruitt, begged for their daughter to come back.
In an emotional testimony, Mr Farrell claimed he had suffered years of physical abuse at the hands of his adoptive father, whom he believed to be his natural dad until 2012.
Dylan Farrow has accused her adoptive father, Woody Allen, of "lying for so long" over allegations that he molested her when she was a child.
She writes, her adoptive mother, Sia, sculpts and her adoptive father, Old Tom, tends to their gardens--including the mysterious night garden, to which entrance is forbidden.
"In deliberately inflicting serious injuries upon your 18-month-old adoptive daughter you abused the trust which had been placed in you as Elsie's adoptive father. It was a gross abuse of that trust.
"It was an abuse of the responsibility which had been placed upon you as her adoptive father to protect and care for this young, vulnerable and defenceless child.
A TODDLER allegedly murdered by her adoptive father may have been suffering from vitamin D deficiency or even rickets when she died, a court has heard.
But can Lassiter, his adoptive father Brewbaker of the CIA, and his Polish biological father Pularchek work together as a team, and are they prepared for the consequences of stirring up the past?
His adoptive father Jean Baptiste Moutou was quizzed by officers and released.
My birth name was Eilleen Edwards but I was raised with the surname of my adoptive father. I released my self-titled debut album in 1993, and in 1997 I released the album Come On Over, which subsequently became the best-selling album by a female artist of all time.
Their worlds collide when Mallory's adoptive father questions their relationship and Rider's foster brother involves himself in drug trafficking.
Away from the good-vs-evil storyline, there's also an engaging subplot involving Po's adoptive father (James Hong) and the appearance of his biological dad (Bryan Cranston).