or move·a·ble

[ moo-vuh-buh l ]
/ ˈmu və bəl /


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

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British Dictionary definitions for movable



/ (ˈmuːvəbəl) /


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 Forms

movability or movableness, nounmovably, adverb
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