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  1. (international standards, aviation) IATA airport code for Adelaide Airport, which serves Adelaide, South Australia, Australia.



ADL (plural ADLs)

  1. (occupational therapy) Initialism of activity of daily living, an activity such as bathing, feeding, or relieving oneself.
    • 2009, Marfan Syndrome and Schizophrenia: A Case Report and Literature Review, by Mary Lemberg, MD and Alexander W. Thompson, MD, MBA:
      She presented the second time unable to perform her ADLs with latent and perseverative speech, thought blocking, disorganized thought processes and behavior, delusions of being poisoned, and was preoccupied with bizarre physical symptoms.
  2. (programming) Initialism of argument-dependent lookup, a feature of C++ in which the compiler chooses a function based on its argument.

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  1. Initialism of Anti-Defamation League: an international Jewish non-governmental organization based in the United States specializing in civil rights law.
    • 2022 November 19, Clarence Page, “Sometimes offensive comedy is just lazy laughs”, in Chicago Tribune[1]:
      The Anti-Defamation League reported a dramatic increase in antisemitic incidents in 2021 in this country, with a total of 2,717 incidents of assault, harassment and vandalism reported to ADL, the highest number on record since the organization began tracking antisemitic incidents in 1979.
  2. Initialism of Animal Defense League.