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CO-OPTATION. A concurring choice. Sometimes applied to the act of the members of a corporation, in choosing a person to supply a vacancy. in their body.

A Law Dictionary, Adapted to the Constitution and Laws of the United States. By John Bouvier. Published 1856.
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As long as this political system remains intact and unscathed, institutions like the SK can easily be coopted to circumvent and even suppress the youth and people's call for genuine social change.
"Up until now it has not been possible for these coopted members to be paid for the time they spend preparing for meetings.
Once we coopted the word and used it to label our entire culture, that little conversational ploy fell w-a-a-ay out of fashion.
In closing, Newman argues for a return to the text as the only guarantor of plurality and openness: "because the text is always objectively other than its reception (as well as its origin), it cannot be locked or coopted into coinciding with any particular reception, interpretation, or collective stance" (260).
Cunningham has slyly coopted some of ballet's conventions: strong diagonal paths, upward focus, lots of leaping, and passages of unison movement calculated to tax the patience of even the most rigorous ballet master.