im·​mu·​ta·​ble | \ (ˌ)i(m)-ˈmyü-tə-bəl How to pronounce immutable (audio) \

Definition of immutable

: not capable of or susceptible to change

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Other Words from immutable

immutability \ (ˌ)i(m)-​ˌmyü-​tə-​ˈbi-​lə-​tē How to pronounce immutable (audio) \ noun
immutableness \ (ˌ)i(m)-​ˈmyü-​tə-​bəl-​nəs How to pronounce immutable (audio) \ noun
immutably \ (ˌ)i(m)-​ˈmyü-​tə-​blē How to pronounce immutable (audio) \ adverb

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Immutable comes to us through Middle English from Latin immutabilis, meaning "unable to change." "Immutabilis" was formed by combining the negative prefix in- with "mutabilis," which comes from the Latin verb mutare and means "to change." Some other English words that can be traced back to "mutare" are "commute" (the earliest sense of which is simply "to change or alter"), "mutate" ("to undergo significant and basic alteration"), "permute" ("to change the order or arrangement of"), and "transmute" ("to change or alter in form, appearance, or nature"). There's also the antonym of "immutable" - "mutable" - which of course can mean "prone to change" and "capable of change or of being changed."

Examples of immutable in a Sentence

the immutable laws of nature one of the immutable laws of television is that low ratings inevitably lead to cancellation
Recent Examples on the Web Under identity politics, diversity of certain immutable characteristics matters more than diversity of viewpoint or experience. The Editorial Board, WSJ, "Nasdaq and ‘Groupthink’," 9 Dec. 2020 The Old World saw Nature as a hierarchy of immutable forms, ordered in branching classifications. Edward Rothstein, WSJ, "‘Alexander von Humboldt and the United States’ Review: American Cosmos," 11 Dec. 2020 For proponents of this view, we are each defined by the innate and immutable, by the visible and superficial. Vivek Ramaswamy, National Review, "The Pluralism Within," 29 Oct. 2020 About 5 billion years from now, our sun—that glowing, life-giving, seemingly immutable orb—will start to die. Marina Koren, The Atlantic, "The Loneliest Planets in the Galaxy," 29 Oct. 2020 Luckily, none of these are immutable facts of the universe. Libby Watson, The New Republic, "The Pandemic Has Been Great for the Health Insurance Industry," 9 Oct. 2020 Even those who staunchly maintain that there is an immutable sense of order underlying what seems to be chaos may admit to a few frantic minutes of doubt. Maria Shine Stewart, cleveland, "Water offers buoyancy and supports our lives: Sun Messages," 19 Oct. 2020 In 2018, the Health and Human Services Department sought to legally define gender under federal civil rights law as an immutable condition determined by the genitals that a person is born with, effectively defining transgender out of existence. Elizabeth Williamson, New York Times, "With Barrett Nomination, a D.C. Conservative Power Couple Nears Its Dream," 15 Oct. 2020 Newcomer Odley Jean gives an astonishing performance as Dom, who shields herself against a torrent of challenges with immutable focus and a firm intolerance for all things petty. Kristen Baldwin,, "Netflix's teen drama Grand Army is grim to a fault: Review," 7 Oct. 2020

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First Known Use of immutable

15th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for immutable

Middle English, from Latin immutabilis, from in- + mutabilis mutable

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22 Jan 2021

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“Immutable.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Jan. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of immutable

formal : unable to be changed

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