[fluhk-choo-uh nt]


fluctuating; varying; unstable.
undulating; moving or seeming to move in waves.

Origin of fluctuant

1550–60; < Latin fluctuant- (stem of fluctuāns) (present participle of fluctuāre to undulate). See fluctuate, -ant
Related formsun·fluc·tu·ant, adjective
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inclined to vary or fluctuate; unstable
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Word Origin and History for fluctuant

1550s, from Latin fluctuantem (nominative fluctuans), present participle of fluctuare "to move in waves" (see fluctuation).

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