- liable or subject to change or alteration.
- given to changing; constantly changing; fickle or inconstant: the mutable ways of fortune.
Origin of mutable
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Examples from the Web for mutability
The mutability of language is itself immutable, and English never stops growing and changing.Wunnerfitz! Sollybuster! The Fun of the Dictionary of American Regional English
April 12, 2012
As the "Interpreter" of the title suggests, the mutability of language also plays a major role in Ulitskaya's message.Great Weekend Reads
The Daily Beast
April 23, 2011
The question of the mutability of species was thus prominently raised.Evolution in Modern Thought
It is interesting as giving his views on the mutability of species.More Letters of Charles Darwin
For Paul, as for all of us, the mutability of human affairs still existed.High Noon
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
Word Origin and History for mutability
late 14c., "tendency to change, inconstancy," from Middle French mutabilité, from Latin mutabilitas, from mutabilis (see mutable).
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").