variable

[ vair-ee-uh-buhl ]
/ ˈvɛər i ə bəl /

adjective

noun

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Origin of variable

First recorded in 1350–1400; late Middle English, from Latin variābilis, equivalent to vari(us) “speckled, variegate, diverse” + -ābilis adjective suffix;see various, -able

SYNONYMS FOR variable

3 vacillating, wavering, fluctuating, unsteady, mercurial.

OTHER WORDS FROM variable

WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH variable

variable , variant
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British Dictionary definitions for variable

variable
/ (ˈvɛərɪəbəl) /

adjective

noun

Derived forms of variable

variability or variableness, nounvariably, adverb

Word Origin for variable

C14: from Latin variābilis changeable, from variāre to diversify
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Medical definitions for variable

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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Scientific definitions for variable

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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