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variant

[ vair-ee-uhnt ]
/ ˈvɛər i ənt /
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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
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Origin of variant

First recorded in 1350–1400; Middle English variaunt(e), variant(e) “undergoing change, tending to change, changeable,” from Old French, from Latin variant-, stem of variāns, present participle of variāre “to mark or adorn with different colors”; cf. various; 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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