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To accept, appropriate, choose, or select, as to adopt a child. To consent to and put into effect, as to adopt a constitution or a law.

West's Encyclopedia of American Law, edition 2. Copyright 2008 The Gale Group, Inc. All rights reserved.


v. 1) to take on the relationship of parent to child of another person, particularly (but not necessarily) a minor, by official legal action. 2) to accept or make use of, such as to adopt another defendant's argument in a lawsuit. (See: adoption)

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Because none of the HIPAA transactions presently requires an electronic signature, adopting a supporting standard could be delayed until the health industry, or for industry in general, settles on a common mechanism for a digital signature.
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Such reasoning appears to be behind West Virginia's enactment of legislation adopting an updated conformity date of March 15, 2002.
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In 2001, recognizing the need to bring the City's antiquated electrical code up-to-date, the City Council enacted Local Law 64 of 2001 adopting the NEC as the City's electrical code.
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States adopting the Compact may elect to use the allocation and apportionment provisions of UDITPA.
In adopting the approach of mutual recognition in the financial area, the Community is in effect using trade in financial services as a lever to arbitrage the regulatory policies of the member states.
Bloomberg, joined by Department of Buildings (DOB) Commissioner Patricia Lancaster and City Council Housing and Buildings Chair Madeline Provenzano, announced on his weekly radio show with John Gambling on WABC that the city will issue an executive order to study the feasibly of adopting the International Building Code (IBC).
This may deter some plan sponsors (who currently have this requirement) from adopting these safe-harbor provisions.
What we did in adopting is a very private thing, and when the Right got ahold of it, it felt very mean and personal."
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