sub·​sti·​tut·​able ˈsəb-stə-ˌtü-tə-bəl How to pronounce substitutable (audio)
: capable of being substituted
substitutability 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 Every good is substitutable for every other good on some margin. Dominic Pino, National Review, 25 July 2023 Anyway, a lot to chew on there, but the larger cloud has always been the question of whether AI can produce substitutable creative works wholesale. Vulture, 24 May 2023 Shaping consumer demand by shifting advertising and promotion spend to promote the products that are truly substitutable, available and not as impacted by inflationary input costs will help deliver stronger margins while continuing to meet consumers’ needs. Nishat Mehta, Forbes, 10 June 2022 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 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1805, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of substitutable was in 1805

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“Substitutable.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Feb. 2024.

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