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 changeability (audio) \ noun
changeableness \ ˈchān-​jə-​bəl-​nəs How to pronounce changeableness (audio) \ noun
changeably \ ˈchān-​jə-​blē How to pronounce changeably (audio) \ adverb

Examples of changeable in a Sentence

The terms of this contract are easily changeable. an easily changeable color scheme for the nursery

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Lavstsen thinks that the overall shape of the protein, which is likely less changeable than the genes that produce it, may be what the immune system is recognizing in conferring natural immunity. Quanta Magazine, "Networks Untangle Malaria’s Deadly Shuffle," 15 Oct. 2015 This modular, easily changeable design strategy extends to the Mwari mission systems, which use an open-architecture software backbone. Eric Tegler, Popular Mechanics, "This Helicopter-Inspired Flier Is Africa's Home-Built Warplane," 13 June 2016 Aristotle believed the four physical elements were changeable, and alchemists took this idea and ran with it. Meg Neal, Popular Mechanics, "The Eternal Quest for Aether, the Cosmic Stuff That Never Was," 19 Oct. 2018 At this point, their beliefs seem changeable as the wind, entirely based on whatever Fox News and Trump is declaring that week. Jennifer Wright, Harper's BAZAAR, "Anderson Cooper's Eye-Roll Isn't Sexist," 12 May 2017 They were initially bemused by the complexity of bus timetables, bin collections and—most of all—by the changeable weather. The Economist, "A Welsh town shows Britain a new way to welcome refugees," 5 July 2018 White and beige captured the French capital’s annoyingly changeable weather. Thomas Adamson, The Seattle Times, "Chanel recreates Paris for couture show celebrating the city," 3 July 2018 And as to seem easily changeable and willfully ignorable. Megan Garber, The Atlantic, "Miss America 2.0: The Inner Beauty Pageant?," 5 June 2018 Green is changeable enough to evoke warmth (sea foam) or cold (juniper). Kaitlin Phillips, Vogue, "Green River Project LLC Debuts Elegant, Lounge-Ready Furniture Alongside Bode’s Menswear," 11 July 2018

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First Known Use of changeable

13th century, in the meaning defined above

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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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appealing forcibly to the mind or reason

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