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

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 immutablemutable—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
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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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“Immutable.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 16 May. 2022.

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