mutable

adjective
mu·​ta·​ble | \ ˈmyü-tə-bəl How to pronounce mutable (audio) \

Definition of mutable

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

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Other Words from mutable

mutability \ ˌmyü-​tə-​ˈbi-​lə-​tē How to pronounce mutability (audio) \ noun
mutably \ ˈmyü-​tə-​blē How to pronounce mutably (audio) \ adverb

Examples of mutable in a Sentence

the government's mutable economic policies a politician with very mutable positions on all the issues
Recent Examples on the Web And for both of them, musical styles and structures are mutable and conditional, not neatly mapped genres but costumes to suit a moment and a mood. Jon Pareles, New York Times, "Moses Sumney and Perfume Genius: Complex Voices of Desire," 17 May 2020 In less lofty terms, the gala is also a place to flaunt social capital, claim a place in a mutable hierarchy and, yes, fan out one’s plumage. New York Times, "The Spring Gala Season Has Been Canceled (or Postponed)," 19 Mar. 2020 The band is fully visible at the back of Derek McLane’s simple and mutable set, and microphones are always at the ready for when someone feels an insight coming on. Ben Brantley, New York Times, "‘Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice’ Review: Four on a Mattress, With Songs," 4 Feb. 2020 Netflix’s buzziest new reality games have looser, more mutable formats. Judy Berman, Time, "From Love Is Blind to The Circle, Netflix Is Getting Terrifyingly Good at Reality TV," 12 Feb. 2020 Each season concludes with a mutable sign — Gemini, Virgo, Sagittarius, or Pisces — that possesses effortless fluidity well-suited to change and transformation. Aliza Kelly Faragher, Allure, "Each Zodiac Sign's Unique Personality Traits, Explained by an Astrologer," 31 Aug. 2019 Each season concludes with a mutable sign — Gemini, Virgo, Sagittarius, or Pisces — that possesses effortless fluidity well-suited to change and transformation. Aliza Kelly Faragher, Allure, "Each Zodiac Sign's Unique Personality Traits, Explained by an Astrologer," 31 Aug. 2019 Each season concludes with a mutable sign — Gemini, Virgo, Sagittarius, or Pisces — that possesses effortless fluidity well-suited to change and transformation. Aliza Kelly Faragher, Allure, "Each Zodiac Sign's Unique Personality Traits, Explained by an Astrologer," 31 Aug. 2019 Each season concludes with a mutable sign — Gemini, Virgo, Sagittarius, or Pisces — that possesses effortless fluidity well-suited to change and transformation. Aliza Kelly Faragher, Allure, "Each Zodiac Sign's Unique Personality Traits, Explained by an Astrologer," 31 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of mutable

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for 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.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/mutable. Accessed 2 Jun. 2020.

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mutable

adjective
How to pronounce mutable (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of mutable

formal : able or likely to change often

mutable

adjective
mu·​ta·​ble | \ ˈmyüt-ə-bəl How to pronounce mutable (audio) \

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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