or move·a·ble

[moo-vuh-buh l]


capable of being moved; not fixed in one place, position, or posture.
Law. (of property)
  1. not permanent in reference to place; capable of being moved without injury.
  2. personal, as distinguished from real.
changing from one date to another in different years: a movable holiday.
(of type or matrices) able to be rearranged.


an article of furniture that is not fixed in place.
Often movables. Law. an article of personal property not attached to land.

Origin of movable

1350–1400; Middle English mevable, movable < Anglo-French movable. See move, -able
Related formsmov·a·bil·i·ty, mov·a·ble·ness, nounmov·a·bly, adverbnon·mov·a·bil·i·ty, nounnon·mov·a·ble, adjectivenon·mov·a·ble·ness, nounnon·mov·a·bly, adverbun·mov·a·ble, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for movable




able to be moved or rearranged; not fixed
(esp of religious festivals such as Easter) varying in date from year to year
(usually spelt moveable) law denoting or relating to personal property as opposed to realty
printing (of type) cast singly so that each character is on a separate piece of type suitable for composition by hand, as founder's type


(often plural) a movable article, esp a piece of furniture
Derived Formsmovability or movableness, nounmovably, adverb
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Word Origin and History for movable

also moveable, late 14c., "disposed to movement;" c.1400, "capable of being moved," from Old French movable, from moveir (see move (v.)). A moveable feast (early 15c.) is one in the Church calendar which, though always on the same day of the week, varies its date from year to year. Related: Movability.

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