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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mutability \ ˌmyü-​tə-​ˈbi-​lə-​tē How to pronounce mutable (audio) \ noun
mutably \ ˈmyü-​tə-​blē How to pronounce mutable (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 Either way, scale can become mutable, hard to measure, which is riveting. Roberta Smith, New York Times, "Dia Chelsea, Keeper of the Avant-Garde Flame," 15 Apr. 2021 Culturally, history has proven art is infinitely mutable, an exquisite body without a name. Angela Watercutter, Wired, "TikTok Duets Are Reviving the Exquisite Corpse," 12 Apr. 2021 Our mutable fire sign, Sagittarius relates and relays information. Gala Mukomolova,, "Fired Up: What Does It Really Mean To Be A Fire Sign?," 26 Mar. 2021 Even the flu, with its famously mutable genome that requires a new vaccine every year, leaves behind some level of population-scale immunity. Adam Rogers, Wired, "Covid-19 Meant a Year Without the Flu. That’s Not All Good News," 16 Mar. 2021 The home is where these individuals become mutable, mobilized, and in some ways, intellectually and emotionally produced (or even reproduced) by both one another and their surroundings. Sarah-tai Black, Los Angeles Times, "Review: A Black commune weighs the past, present and future in ‘The Inheritance’," 11 Mar. 2021 The Bakers recommend aerial yoga for this mutable air sign. Noma Nazish, Forbes, "This Is The Best Workout For You, According To Your Zodiac Sign," 28 Feb. 2021 Between the two mutable signs, a balance is struck between system and surrender. Gala Mukomolova,, "What Does The Full Moon In Virgo Mean? Use Your Intuition," 2 Mar. 2021 Far from dusting these values off in a time of crisis, however, company culture needs to be instilled from the get-go, so that these mutable and person-centered traits can grow organically and come to the fore when they are needed most. Charles Towers-clark, Forbes, "Movable Ink: How A Culture Of Curiosity Breeds Resilience," 26 Feb. 2021

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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.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 6 May. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of mutable

formal : able or likely to change often


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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