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The answer ADOPTION is so rare that it appears less than once every 2500 puzzles.

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ADOPTION as a noun:

1. (adoption, acceptance, acceptation, espousal) = the act of accepting with approval; favorable reception; "its adoption by society"; "the proposal found wide acceptance"
2. a legal proceeding that creates a parent-child relation between persons not related by blood; the adopted child is entitled to all privileges belonging to a natural child of the adoptive parents (including the right to inherit)
3. (borrowing, adoption) = the appropriation (of ideas or words etc) from another source; "the borrowing of ancient motifs was very apparent"