- a quantity or function that may assume any given value or set of values.
- a symbol that represents this.
Origin of variable
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Related Words for variabilityanxiety, vulnerability, weakness, fluctuation, uncertainty, insecurity, volatility, flaw, inconsistency, distortion, oscillation, alternation, immaturity, vacillation, hesitation, pliancy, disquiet, unsteadiness, inquietude, wavering
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Contemporary Examples of variability
It tells us little to nothing about variability by region, by education level, by type of jobs.Don’t Trust the Economic Numbers That Govern Our World
February 27, 2014
Most people have a large degree of variability in their heart rates during the course of a day.Inside Seal Team Six by Don Mann Excerpt
December 4, 2011
Historical Examples of variability
This question of variability in general is an important one, then.Sir William Herschel: His Life and Works
Edward Singleton Holden
Here the variability of the sparrow again gives him the advantage.The Meaning of Evolution
Samuel Christian Schmucker
Variability of sexual characters alike in domestic and wild.The Foundations of the Origin of Species
Compared to the variability of the speech, it is more stable.The Civilization of Illiteracy
I am glad also to hear of your curious case of variability in ovules, etc.More Letters of Charles Darwin Volume II
Word Origin for variable
"quantity that can vary in value," 1816, from variable (adj.). Related: Variably; variability.
late 14c., of persons, from Old French variable, from Latin variabilis "changeable," from variare "to change" (see vary). Of weather, seasons, etc., attested from late 15c.; of stars, from 1788.