- to change somewhat the form or qualities of; alter partially; amend: to modify a contract.
- Grammar. (of a word, phrase, or clause) to stand in a syntactically subordinate relation to (another word, phrase, or clause), usually with descriptive, limiting, or particularizing meaning; be a modifier. In a good man, good modifies man.
- to be the modifier or attribute of.
- to change (a vowel) by umlaut.
- to reduce or lessen in degree or extent; moderate; soften: to modify one's demands.
- to be or become modified.
Origin of modify
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Related Words for modifiableresilient, flexible, compliant, malleable, versatile, adaptable, exchangeable, adjustable, fluid, mutable, variable, variant, modifiable, AC-DC, changeable, conformable, convertible, ductile, plastic, pliable
Examples from the Web for modifiable
Historical Examples of modifiable
Nor does Protagoras deny that men are teachable and modifiable.
They are modifiable merely for the sake of economy or other convenience.The Origin of Man and of his Superstitions
"Human nature" is modifiable and economic choice and action are factors in this indivisible process (§§ 2-4).Creative Intelligence
John Dewey, Addison W. Moore, Harold Chapman Brown, George H. Mead, Boyd H. Bode, Henry Waldgrave, Stuart James, Hayden Tufts, Horace M. Kallen
It is a statement of the fact that conduct is modifiable and that such modifications may become permanent.How to Teach
George Drayton Strayer and Naomi Norsworthy
Means of correcting the modifiable being that we call bad, and encouraging the other that we call good.Diderot and the Encyclopdists
- to change the structure, character, intent, etc, of
- to make less extreme or uncompromisingto modify a demand
- grammar (of a word or group of words) to bear the relation of modifier to (another word or group of words)
- linguistics to change (a vowel) by umlaut
- (intr) to be or become modified