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fluctuant

[fluhk-choo-uh nt]
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adjective
  1. fluctuating; varying; unstable.
  2. undulating; moving or seeming to move in waves.

Origin of fluctuant

1550–60; < Latin fluctuant- (stem of fluctuāns) (present participle of fluctuāre to undulate). See fluctuate, -ant
Related formsun·fluc·tu·ant, adjective
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Examples from the Web for fluctuant

Historical Examples

  • She seemed to be clothed in fluctuant light, and yet it could not dim one radiance of her beauty.

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    Virginia Tracy

  • With fluctuant blackness against immutable blackness great sweeping pine trees swished weirdly into the horizon.

    Peace on Earth, Good-will to Dogs

    Eleanor Hallowell Abbott

  • Put forth thy wings, thy coronals of Love, wrap thee with fluctuant Winds and exulting Seas!

  • And the fluctuant oceans plume on plume Bears down to a rock-ribbed hidden doom, And the sky is ashen gray.

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    Erwin Clarkson Garrett

  • Brown is fluctuant; he once lay at a woman's house in Pemlicoe, Dublin.


British Dictionary definitions for fluctuant

fluctuant

adjective
  1. inclined to vary or fluctuate; unstable
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Word Origin and History for fluctuant

adj.

1550s, from Latin fluctuantem (nominative fluctuans), present participle of fluctuare "to move in waves" (see fluctuation).

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