interchangeable

[in-ter-cheyn-juh-buh l]
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adjective
  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.

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

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2. See exchangeable.
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interchangeable

adj.

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

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