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fungible

adjective
Updated on: 6 Dec 2017

Definition of fungible

1 : being something (such as money or a commodity) of such a nature that one part or quantity may be replaced by another equal part or quantity in paying a debt or settling an account
  • Oil, wheat, and lumber are fungible commodities.
  • fungible goods
2 : capable of mutual substitution : interchangeable
  • … the court's postulate that male and female jurors must be regarded as fungible
  • —George Will
3 : readily changeable to adapt to new situations : flexible
  • Managers typically use more than a hundred different lineups over the course of the season. Batting orders are so fungible that few players last long in one spot.
  • —Tom Verducci

fungibility

play \ˌfən-jə-ˈbi-lə-tē\ noun

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Examples of fungible in a Sentence

  1. since fruits and vegetables are regarded as fungible in this diet, you are allowed a total of five servings of either or both

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Origin and Etymology of fungible

New Latin fungibilis, from Latin fungi to perform — more at function

fungible Synonyms


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fungible

noun fun·gi·ble \ ˈfən-jə-bəl \

Definition of fungible

: something that is fungible (see 1fungible 1) : a good one part or quantity of which can be substituted for another of equal value in satisfying an obligation usually used in plural
  • Fungibles may be valued by weight or measure.

Did You Know?

Fungible - which derives from the Latin verb fungi, meaning "to perform (no relation to the noun "fungus" and its plural "fungi") - is a word that often shows up in legal contexts. Something fungible can be exchanged for something else of the same kind. For example, we could say "oil is a fungible commodity." That means that when a purchaser is expecting a delivery of oil, any oil of the stipulated quantity and quality will usually do. Another example of something fungible is cash. It doesn't matter what twenty dollar bill you get - it's still worth the same amount as any other twenty dollar bill. In contrast, something like a painting isn't fungible; a purchaser would expect a specific, identifiable item to be delivered. In broader use, "fungible" can mean "interchangeable" or sometimes "changeable, fluid, or malleable."

Origin and Etymology of fungible


Law Dictionary

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fungible

adjective fun·gi·ble \ ˈfən-jə-bəl \

legal Definition of fungible

: being something (as money or a commodity) one part or quantity of which can be substituted for another of equal value in paying a debt or settling an account
  • oil, wheat, and lumber are fungible commodities

Origin and Etymology of fungible

New Latin fungibilis, from Latin fungi to perform


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fungible

noun

legal Definition of fungible

: something that is fungible

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