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changeable

[cheyn-juh-buh l]
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adjective
  1. liable to change or to be changed; variable.
  2. of changing color or appearance: changeable silk.
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Origin of changeable

Middle English word dating back to 1200–50; see origin at change, -able
Related formschange·a·bil·i·ty, change·a·ble·ness, nounchange·a·bly, adverbnon·change·a·ble, adjectivenon·change·a·ble·ness, nounnon·change·a·bly, adverbun·change·a·bil·i·ty, nounun·change·a·ble, adjectiveun·change·a·bly, adverb

Synonyms

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1. erratic, inconstant, fickle, flighty, unstable.
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Examples from the Web for changeability

Historical Examples

  • This leads us to the subject of changeability of colours in the same individual.

    The Sea Shore

    William S. Furneaux

  • To them we Americans may owe our energy, our vivacity, our changeability of mood.

    Reading the Weather

    Thomas Morris Longstreth

  • Townshend bore, as Hume hints, a bad character for changeability.

  • Stubber, however, was too well versed in the changeability of his master's nature to exhibit any rash promptitude in obeying him.

    The Fortunes Of Glencore

    Charles James Lever

  • Changeability is attributed to the feminine, but Maya was not able to shift her mood as facilely as her fiance.

    Rebels of the Red Planet

    Charles Louis Fontenay


British Dictionary definitions for changeability

changeable

adjective
  1. able to change or be changed; ficklechangeable weather
  2. varying in colour when viewed from different angles or in different lights
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Derived Formschangeability or changeableness, nounchangeably, adverb
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Word Origin and History for changeability

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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