variant

[ vair-ee-uhnt ]
/ ˈvɛər i ənt /

adjective

tending to change or alter; exhibiting variety or diversity; varying: variant shades of color.
not agreeing or conforming; differing, especially from something of the same general kind.
not definitive, as a version of part of a text; different; alternative: a variant reading.
not universally accepted.

noun

a person or thing that varies.
a different spelling, pronunciation, or form of the same word: “Vehemency” is a variant of “vehemence.”

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Origin of variant

1325–75; Middle English <Latin variant-, stem of variāns, present participle of variāre to vary; see -ant

OTHER WORDS FROM variant

non·var·i·ant, adjective, nounun·var·i·ant, adjective

WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH variant

variable, variant .
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British Dictionary definitions for variant

variant
/ (ˈvɛərɪənt) /

adjective

liable to or displaying variation
differing from a standard or typea variant spelling
obsolete not constant; fickle

noun

something that differs from a standard or type
statistics another word for variate (def. 1)

Word Origin for variant

C14: via Old French from Latin variāns, from variāre to diversify, from varius various
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Medical definitions for variant

variant
[ vârē-ənt, văr- ]

adj.

Having or exhibiting variation; differing.
Tending or liable to vary; variable.
Deviating from a standard, usually by only a slight difference.

n.

Something that differs in form only slightly from something else.
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