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interchangeable

[in-ter-cheyn-juh-buh l]
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  1. (of two things) capable of being put or used in the place of each other: interchangeable symbols.
  2. (of one thing) capable of replacing or changing places with something else: an interchangeable part.
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Origin of interchangeable

1400–50; interchange + -able; replacing late Middle English entrechaungeable < Middle French entrechangeable
Related formsin·ter·change·a·bil·i·ty, in·ter·change·a·ble·ness, nounin·ter·change·a·bly, adverbnon·in·ter·change·a·bil·i·ty, nounnon·in·ter·change·a·ble, adjectivenon·in·ter·change·a·ble·ness, nounnon·in·ter·change·a·bly, adverbun·in·ter·change·a·ble, adjective

Synonyms for interchangeable

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2. See exchangeable.
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Related Words for interchangeability

correspondence, par, likeness, parity, synonym, agreement, compatibility, evenness, correlation, equality, match, conformity, parallel, identity, interchangeability, synonymy

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Historical Examples of interchangeability

  • A third was, that these properties of simplicity and interchangeability are the best guarantees of perfect exactitude.

    Scientific American, Vol. XLIII.--No. 1. [New Series.], July 3, 1880

    Various

  • We blame the unions for expensive lack of interchangeability of function.

  • The other qualities vital to quick movement and durability are lightness, elasticity and interchangeability of parts.

    My Attainment of the Pole

    Frederick A. Cook

  • The interchangeability, the essential unity of all the arts, is the strongest characteristic of art in its early stages.

  • This essay, which deals with the interchangeability of marks, only confounds the confusion of punctuation.

    Why We Punctuate

    William Livingston Klein


Word Origin and History for interchangeability

interchangeable

adj.

late 14c. (implied in interchangeably), from inter- + changeable. Related: Interchangeability.

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