[awl-ter-uh-buh l]


capable of being altered.

Origin of alterable

First recorded in 1520–30; alter + -able
Related formsal·ter·a·bil·i·ty, al·ter·a·ble·ness, nounal·ter·a·bly, adverbre·al·ter·a·ble, adjectivere·al·ter·a·ble·ness, nounre·al·ter·a·bly, adverb Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for alterability

Historical Examples of alterability

  • Incidentally we have touched upon a most far-reaching problem: The alterability of human nature.

  • Still, the difference between the great and less man is, on the whole, chiefly in this point of alterability.

Word Origin and History for alterability



1520s, from alter + -able. Related: Alterably; alterability.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper