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mutable

[myoo-tuh-buh l] /ˈmyu tə bəl/
adjective
1.
liable or subject to change or alteration.
2.
given to changing; constantly changing; fickle or inconstant:
the mutable ways of fortune.
Origin of mutable
1350-1400
1350-1400; Middle English < Latin mūtābilis, equivalent to mūtā(re) to change + -bilis -ble
Related forms
mutability, mutableness, noun
mutably, adverb
hypermutability, noun
hypermutable, adjective
hypermutableness, noun
hypermutably, adverb
nonmutability, noun
nonmutable, adjective
nonmutableness, noun
nonmutably, adverb
unmutable, adjective
Synonyms
1. changeable, variable. 2. unstable, vacillating, unsettled, wavering, unsteady.
Antonyms
2. stable.
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  • The question of the mutability of species was thus prominently raised.

  • It is interesting as giving his views on the mutability of species.

  • For Paul, as for all of us, the mutability of human affairs still existed.

    High Noon Anonymous
  • But, as people have observed before, there is a mutability in human affairs.

    Mr. Midshipman Easy Captain Frederick Marryat
  • Addy no longer railed at the impermanence and mutability of things.

    The Creators

    May Sinclair
  • What is “my theory” here, if not that of the mutability of species, or the theory of descent with modification?

    Luck or Cunning Samuel Butler
  • To Judith this was a first revelation of the mutability of things on earth.

    In the Roar of the Sea Sabine Baring-Gould
  • In his treatise on Fortune,Demetrius of Phalerum on mutability.

British Dictionary definitions for mutability

mutable

/ˈmjuːtəbəl/
adjective
1.
able to or tending to change
2.
(astrology) of or relating to four of the signs of the zodiac, Gemini, Virgo, Sagittarius, and Pisces, which are associated with the quality of adaptability Compare cardinal (sense 9), fixed (sense 10)
Derived Forms
mutability, (rare) mutableness, noun
mutably, adverb
Word Origin
C14: from Latin mūtābilis fickle, from mūtāre to change
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Word Origin and History for mutability
n.

late 14c., "tendency to change, inconstancy," from Middle French mutabilité, from Latin mutabilitas, from mutabilis (see mutable).

mutable

adj.

late 14c., "liable to change," from Latin mutabilis "changeable," from mutare "to change," from PIE root *mei- "to change, go, move" (cf. Sanskrit methati "changes, alternates, joins, meets;" Avestan mitho "perverted, false;" Hittite mutai- "be changed into;" Latin meare "to go, pass," migrare "to move from one place to another;" Old Church Slavonic mite "alternately;" Czech mijim "to go by, pass by," Polish mijać "avoid;" Gothic maidjan "to change"); with derivatives referring to the exchange of goods and services as regulated by custom or law (cf. Latin mutuus "done in exchange," munus "service performed for the community, duty, work").

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