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[in-ter-cheyn-juh-buh l] /ˌɪn tərˈtʃeɪn dʒə bəl/
(of two things) capable of being put or used in the place of each other:
interchangeable symbols.
(of one thing) capable of replacing or changing places with something else:
an interchangeable part.
Origin of interchangeable
late Middle English
1400-50; interchange + -able; replacing late Middle English entrechaungeable < Middle French entrechangeable
Related forms
interchangeability, interchangeableness, noun
interchangeably, adverb
noninterchangeability, noun
noninterchangeable, adjective
noninterchangeableness, noun
noninterchangeably, adverb
uninterchangeable, adjective Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • To do worship, and to do honour, were then interchangeable terms.

    Clare Avery Emily Sarah Holt
  • The careless often use these two words as though they were interchangeable.

    The Verbalist Thomas Embly Osmun, (AKA Alfred Ayres)
  • The two looked alike in Portland; they were interchangeable.

    A Preface to Politics

    Walter Lippmann
  • And the words home and wife were interchangeable and stood for the same thing.

    The Backwash of War Ellen N. La Motte
  • Why, thought he, should not the parts of a clock be made so they would be interchangeable?

Word Origin and History for interchangeable

late 14c. (implied in interchangeably), from inter- + changeable. Related: Interchangeability.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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