change·​able | \ ˈchān-jə-bəl How to pronounce changeable (audio) \

Definition of changeable

: capable of change: such as
a : able or apt to vary changeable weather
b : subject to change : alterable changeable plans
c : fickle a person changeable in his moods

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Other Words from changeable

changeability \ ˌchān-​jə-​ˈbi-​lə-​tē How to pronounce changeable (audio) \ noun
changeableness \ ˈchān-​jə-​bəl-​nəs How to pronounce changeable (audio) \ noun
changeably \ ˈchān-​jə-​blē How to pronounce changeable (audio) \ adverb

Examples of changeable in a Sentence

The terms of this contract are easily changeable. an easily changeable color scheme for the nursery
Recent Examples on the Web On the other hand, Bravo says places with low levels of species diversity and high rates of speciation may have so few species because their extreme, changeable environments keep killing off the newcomers. Alex Fox, Smithsonian Magazine, "Earth’s Harshest Ecosystems May Birth New Species Fastest," 10 Dec. 2020 Benjamin describes this sort of moment as the time when history is truly changeable, when the present stalks the future like a tiger hunting its prey, all bunched muscle and stored energy, ready to pounce. Laurie Penny, Wired, "The Timelines of Our Lives," 18 Nov. 2020 Onto berating the orange sun god, with his changeable guard of hagiographers fanned out in ray formation on TV. Nicole Krauss, Harper's Magazine, "Drawing From Life," 24 Nov. 2020 Some changeable risk factors include tobacco use, being overweight, and having diabetes. Amber Brenza,, "‘Jeopardy!’ Host Alex Trebek Dies at 80 After Pancreatic Cancer Battle—Here’s What to Know," 8 Nov. 2020 And below those words, changeable panels of numbers representing the rising death toll. Washington Post, "This rippling field of flags in D.C. shows covid-19’s scale," 22 Oct. 2020 Jay Streets creates changeable messages on a theater-style marquee on his second floor home on Carl Street in San Francisco, Calif. on Wednesday, Oct. 14, 2020. Annie Vainshtein,, "Is the election stressing you out? You're not alone in the Bay Area. Here's how to cope," 21 Oct. 2020 Early in American history, though, citizenship was clumsy, informal, and changeable. Brett Goodin, The Conversation, "Americans are renouncing U.S. citizenship in record numbers – but maybe not for the reasons you think," 9 Sep. 2020 The stock market reflects merely the mood of the investor class, which is much more quirky and changeable. Timothy Noah, The New Republic, "Wall Street’s Greedy Indifference to Human Misery," 3 Sep. 2020

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First Known Use of changeable

13th century, in the meaning defined above

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“Changeable.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Jan. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of changeable

: able to change or to be changed
: changing often or suddenly


change·​able | \ ˈchān-jə-bəl How to pronounce changeable (audio) \

Kids Definition of changeable

: able or likely to become different changeable weather

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