- 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 mutable
Nature is a mutable cloud which is always and never the same.Essays, First Series
Ralph Waldo Emerson
"Too bright—too mutable," answered the doctor, shaking his head.Ernest Linwood
Caroline Lee Hentz
Caius did not attempt to carve his inscription on the mutable sandstone.The Mermaid
Something permanent in the midst of all that is mutable we may expect to find here.Homer's Odyssey
Denton J. Snider
By changing the initial to the second state, if it is mutable.A Handbook of the Cornish Language
Word Origin and History for 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").