variable

[ vair-ee-uh-buhl ]
/ ˈvɛər i ə bəl /
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adjective

noun


Nearby words

  1. vargueno,
  2. vari,
  3. vari-,
  4. varia,
  5. varia lectio,
  6. variable annuity,
  7. variable contrast paper,
  8. variable cost,
  9. variable life insurance,
  10. variable region

Origin of variable

1350–1400; late Middle English < Latin variābilis, equivalent to vari(us) various + -ābilis -able

SYNONYMS FOR variable
3. vacillating, wavering, fluctuating, unsteady, mercurial.

ANTONYMS FOR variable
1, 3. constant.

Related forms
Can be confusedboundary limit parameter variable (see synonym study at boundary) (see usage note at parameter)variable variant

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British Dictionary definitions for variabilities

variable

/ (ˈvɛərɪəbəl) /

adjective

noun

Derived Formsvariability or variableness, nounvariably, adverb

Word Origin for variable

C14: from Latin variābilis changeable, from variāre to diversify

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Word Origin and History for variabilities
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Medicine definitions for variabilities

variable

[ vârē-ə-bəl, văr- ]

adj.

Likely to change or vary; subject to variation; changeable.
Tending to deviate, as from a normal or recognized type; aberrant.
Having no fixed quantitative value.

n.

Something that varies or that is prone to variation.
A quantity that is capable of assuming any of a set of values.

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Science definitions for variabilities

variable

[ vârē-ə-bəl ]

A mathematical quantity capable of assuming any of a set of values, such as x in the expression 3x + 2.
A factor or condition that is subject to change, especially one that is allowed to change in a scientific experiment to test a hypothesis. See more at control.
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