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changeable

[cheyn-juh-buh l] /ˈtʃeɪn dʒə bəl/
adjective
1.
liable to change or to be changed; variable.
2.
of changing color or appearance:
changeable silk.
Origin of changeable
1200-1250
Middle English word dating back to 1200-50; See origin at change, -able
Related forms
changeability, changeableness, noun
changeably, adverb
nonchangeable, adjective
nonchangeableness, noun
nonchangeably, adverb
unchangeability, noun
unchangeable, adjective
unchangeably, adverb
Synonyms
1. erratic, inconstant, fickle, flighty, unstable.
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Examples from the Web for unchangeable
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  • Bravely defy all that is most venerable, and all that is most unchangeable.

    Imogen William Godwin
  • The law of God is unchangeable: as on earth, so in our traffic with heaven, we only get as we give.

  • Some are warm, but volatile and inconstant; he was warm too, but steady and unchangeable.

  • But the highest truth is that which is eternal and unchangeable.

    Philebus Plato
  • He is the manly one (arren), or the unchangeable one (arratos).

    Cratylus Plato
  • Even otherwise it could not have changed the unchangeable course of events.

    The Paliser case Edgar Saltus
  • The universal and unchangeable principles of duty are the same here as elsewhere.

    The Teacher Jacob Abbott
  • The one is short and passing; the other is unchangeable, and shall stand for ever.

    Clare Avery Emily Sarah Holt
British Dictionary definitions for unchangeable

unchangeable

/ʌnˈtʃeɪndʒəbəl/
adjective
1.
not capable of being changed or altered

changeable

/ˈtʃeɪndʒəbəl/
adjective
1.
able to change or be changed; fickle: changeable weather
2.
varying in colour when viewed from different angles or in different lights
Derived Forms
changeability, changeableness, noun
changeably, adverb
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Word Origin and History for unchangeable
adj.

mid-14c., from un- (1) + changeable.

changeable

adj.

mid-13c., "unstable, inconstant, unreliable," from Old French changeable "inconstant," from changier (see change (v.)) + -able (see -able). Meaning "subject to variation" is from late 14c. Related: Changeably.

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