sub·​sti·​tut·​able | \ ˈsəb-stə-ˌtü-tə-bəl How to pronounce substitutable (audio) , -ˈtyü- \

Definition of substitutable

: capable of being substituted

Other Words from substitutable

substitutability \ ˌsəb-​stə-​ˌtü-​tə-​ˈbi-​lə-​tē How to pronounce substitutable (audio) , -​ˌtyü-​ \ noun

Examples of substitutable in a Sentence

for our purposes, the quart and the liter are close enough to be substitutable for one another
Recent Examples on the Web Global Demand for Fossil Fuels Will Be Strong for Decades Fossil fuels provide enormous social and economic benefits that are not easily substitutable. David Trainer, Forbes, 21 Dec. 2021 At the same time, a lot of these goods are hopefully substitutable by other things. Catherine Garcia, The Week, 18 Oct. 2021 The seven pillars are what economists call substitutable—each is as good as any other. Sheon Han, The Atlantic, 20 May 2021 Fungibility is a key attribute of money, which ensures that any $1 bill or Bitcoin is, generally, substitutable for any other $1 bill or Bitcoin. Robert Hackett, Fortune, 18 Mar. 2021 Dependence is mutual: Spotify needs labels more than ever, in part because music is not substitutable. Cherie Hu, Billboard, 6 Sep. 2017 This is because undocumented immigrants’ labor is not directly substitutable with that of other workers. Mark Humphery-jenner, Slate Magazine, 27 Feb. 2017 See More

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First Known Use of substitutable

1805, in the meaning defined above

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“Substitutable.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 May. 2022.

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