in·​ter·​change·​able ˌin-tər-ˈchān-jə-bəl How to pronounce interchangeable (audio)
: capable of being interchanged
especially : permitting mutual substitution
interchangeable parts
interchangeability noun
interchangeableness noun
interchangeably adverb

Examples of interchangeable in a Sentence

the concept of interchangeable parts revolutionized the mass production of manufactured goods
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Word History

First Known Use

14th century, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of interchangeable was in the 14th century

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“Interchangeable.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 Sep. 2023.

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