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[cheyn-juh-buh l] /ˈtʃeɪn dʒə bəl/
liable to change or to be changed; variable.
of changing color or appearance:
changeable silk.
Origin of changeable
Middle English word dating back to 1200-50; See origin at change, -able
Related forms
changeability, changeableness, noun
changeably, adverb
nonchangeable, adjective
nonchangeableness, noun
nonchangeably, adverb
unchangeability, noun
unchangeable, adjective
unchangeably, adverb
1. erratic, inconstant, fickle, flighty, unstable. Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for changeability
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  • This leads us to the subject of changeability of colours in the same individual.

    The Sea Shore William S. Furneaux
  • To them we Americans may owe our energy, our vivacity, our changeability of mood.

    Reading the Weather

    Thomas Morris Longstreth
  • Townshend bore, as Hume hints, a bad character for changeability.

  • Stubber, however, was too well versed in the changeability of his master's nature to exhibit any rash promptitude in obeying him.

    The Fortunes Of Glencore Charles James Lever
  • changeability is attributed to the feminine, but Maya was not able to shift her mood as facilely as her fiance.

    Rebels of the Red Planet Charles Louis Fontenay
  • As to the terrestrial life, owing to its changeability and shortness, it is nothing but an illusion of our senses.

    Death--and After? Annie Besant
British Dictionary definitions for changeability


able to change or be changed; fickle: changeable weather
varying in colour when viewed from different angles or in different lights
Derived Forms
changeability, changeableness, noun
changeably, adverb
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Word Origin and History for changeability



mid-13c., "unstable, inconstant, unreliable," from Old French changeable "inconstant," from changier (see change (v.)) + -able (see -able). Meaning "subject to variation" is from late 14c. Related: Changeably.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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