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

Definition of substitutable

: capable of being substituted

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substitutability \ ˌsəb-​stə-​ˌtü-​tə-​ˈbi-​lə-​tē How to pronounce substitutability (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
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First Known Use of substitutable

1805, in the meaning defined above

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“Substitutable.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Feb. 2020.

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