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or moveable

[moo-vuh-buh l] /ˈmu və bəl/
capable of being moved; not fixed in one place, position, or posture.
  1. not permanent in reference to place; capable of being moved without injury.
  2. personal, as distinguished from real.
changing from one date to another in different years:
a movable holiday.
(of type or matrices) able to be rearranged.
an article of furniture that is not fixed in place.
Often, movables. Law. an article of personal property not attached to land.
Origin of movable
1350-1400; Middle English mevable, movable < Anglo-French movable. See move, -able
Related forms
movability, movableness, noun
movably, adverb
nonmovability, noun
nonmovable, adjective
nonmovableness, noun
nonmovably, adverb
unmovable, adjective Unabridged
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  • unmovable it shone in the north, mysterious, far and high—the great northern light in its dawning splendor!

    The Northern Light E. Werner
  • He founded his teachings on them and was therefore firm and unmovable in the same.

  • Months were spent in negotiations, but the States General were unmovable.

  • I would have said quicksilver, had it not been fixed, malleable, and unmovable.

  • About six years ago I moved into a smaller house in London, and I burnt a great many of my earlier diaries as unmovable rubbish.

    The Story of My Life Ellen Terry
  • If we are to be 'steadfast, unmovable,' we can only be so when our feet are shod with the preparedness of the Gospel of peace.

    Expositions of Holy Scripture Alexander Maclaren
  • Against such professional advice, Mary Fogarty had set her big foot with an unmovable firmness.

    A Sunny Little Lass Evelyn Raymond
  • From that hour the general was a strong, unmovable friend and backer of the Temple enterprise.

    Health, Healing, and Faith Russell H. Conwell
  • The value of the goods, movable and unmovable, independently of the landed property, was calculated to be £76 11s.

    Shakespeare's Family Mrs. C. C. Stopes
British Dictionary definitions for unmovable


able to be moved or rearranged; not fixed
(esp of religious festivals such as Easter) varying in date from year to year
(usually speltmoveable) (law) denoting or relating to personal property as opposed to realty
(printing) (of type) cast singly so that each character is on a separate piece of type suitable for composition by hand, as founder's type
(often pl) a movable article, esp a piece of furniture
Derived Forms
movability, movableness, noun
movably, adverb
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for unmovable



also moveable, late 14c., "disposed to movement;" c.1400, "capable of being moved," from Old French movable, from moveir (see move (v.)). A moveable feast (early 15c.) is one in the Church calendar which, though always on the same day of the week, varies its date from year to year. Related: Movability.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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