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verb (used with object), per·mut·ed, per·mut·ing.
  1. to alter; change.
  2. Mathematics. to subject to permutation.
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Origin of permute

1350–1400; Middle English < Latin permūtāre to change throughout. See per-, mutate
Related formsper·mut·a·ble, adjectiveper·mut·a·bil·i·ty, per·mut·a·ble·ness, nounper·mut·a·bly, adverbper·mut·er, noun
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verb (tr)
  1. to change the sequence of
  2. maths to subject to permutation
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Derived Formspermutable, adjectivepermutability or permutableness, nounpermutably, adverb

Word Origin

C14: from Latin permūtāre, from per- + mūtāre to change, alter
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Word Origin and History for permutable



late 14c., "to change one for another," from French permuter or directly from Latin permutare "to change thoroughly" (see permutation). Mathematical sense from 1878.

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