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alterable

[awl-ter-uh-buh l]
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adjective
  1. capable of being altered.
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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
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Examples from the Web for alterable

Historical Examples

  • Must we regard this emotional endowment of woman as permanent or alterable?

    The Truth About Woman

    C. Gasquoine Hartley

  • Their acts are "alterable" by the Board of Overseers, to whom they are responsible.

    Colleges in America

    John Marshall Barker

  • So if Truth is an alterable and shifting concept, must not morality likewise be variable?

  • But all the other laws of Scotland shall remain in force; but alterable by the parliament of Great Britain.

  • Our sentence we cannot alter; a Court's sentence is alterable only by appeal; your Majesty decides where the appeal is to lie!


Word Origin and History for alterable

adj.

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

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