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invariable

[in-vair-ee-uh-buh l]
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adjective
  1. not variable; not changing or capable of being changed; static or constant.
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noun
  1. something that is invariable; a constant.
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Origin of invariable

late Middle English word dating back to 1400–50; see origin at in-3, variable
Related formsin·var·i·a·bil·i·ty, in·var·i·a·ble·ness, nounin·var·i·a·bly, adverb

Synonyms

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1. unalterable, unchanging, changeless, invariant, unvarying, immutable.

Antonyms

1. changing.
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  • Accuracy is also of much importance, and an invariable mark of good training in a man.

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  • "I've no need of anything," was Florent's invariable answer.

  • Tea is the invariable beverage at every meal, and almost the only one, too.

  • Far purer, he replied, is the being of that which is concerned with the invariable.

  • And does the essence of the invariable partake of knowledge in the same degree as of essence?


British Dictionary definitions for invariable

invariable

adjective
  1. not subject to alteration; unchanging
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noun
  1. a mathematical quantity having an unchanging value; a constant
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Derived Formsinvariability or invariableness, noun
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Word Origin and History for invariable

adj.

early 15c., from Old French invariable (14c.) and directly from Medieval Latin invariabilis, from in- "not, opposite of" (see in- (1)) + variabilis (see variable). Related: Invariably.

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