mutable

adjective mu·ta·ble \ ˈmyü-tə-bəl \
Updated on: 12 Nov 2017

Definition of mutable

1 : prone to change : inconstant
  • mutable opinions
2 a : capable of change or of being changed
  • mutable laws
b : capable of or liable to mutation
  • mutable vowels
  • a mutable gene

mutability

play \ˌmyü-tə-ˈbi-lə-tē\ noun

mutably

play \ˈmyü-tə-blē\ adverb

Examples of mutable in a Sentence

  1. the government's mutable economic policies

  2. a politician with very mutable positions on all the issues

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Origin and Etymology of mutable

Middle English, from Latin mutabilis, from mutare to change; akin to Old English mīthan to conceal, Sanskrit mināti he exchanges, deceives

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MUTABLE Defined for English Language Learners

mutable

adjective

Definition of mutable for English Language Learners

  • : able or likely to change often


Medical Dictionary

mutable

adjective mu·ta·ble \ ˈmyüt-ə-bəl \

medical Definition of mutable

1 : capable of change or of being changed in form, quality, or nature
2 : capable of or liable to mutation

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