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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

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2. See exchangeable.
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Examples from the Web for interchangeable

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  • To do worship, and to do honour, were then interchangeable terms.

    Clare Avery

    Emily Sarah Holt

  • The careless often use these two words as though they were interchangeable.

    The Verbalist

    Thomas Embly Osmun, (AKA Alfred Ayres)

  • The two looked alike in Portland; they were interchangeable.

    A Preface to Politics

    Walter Lippmann

  • And the words home and wife were interchangeable and stood for the same thing.

    The Backwash of War

    Ellen N. La Motte

  • Why, thought he, should not the parts of a clock be made so they would be interchangeable?


Word Origin and History for interchangeable

adj.

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

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