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CHANGEABLE

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does changeable mean? 

CHANGEABLE (adjective)
  The adjective CHANGEABLE has 4 senses:

1. capable of or tending to change in form or quality or nature
2. such that alteration is possible; having a marked tendency to change
3. subject to change
4. varying in color when seen in different lights or from different angles

  Familiarity information: CHANGEABLE used as an adjective is uncommon.


 Dictionary entry details 


CHANGEABLE (adjective)


Sense 1changeable [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Capable of or tending to change in form or quality or nature

Synonyms:

changeable; mutable

Context examples:

a mutable substance / the mutable ways of fortune / mutable weather patterns / a mutable foreign policy


Sense 2changeable [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Such that alteration is possible; having a marked tendency to change

Synonyms:

changeful; changeable

Context examples:

changeable behavior / changeable moods / changeable prices

Similar:

mobile (capable of changing quickly from one state or condition to another)

volatile (tending to vary often or widely)

reversible (capable of assuming or producing either of two states)

quick-drying (of a liquid substance that dries quickly)

quick-change (adept at changing from one thing to another especially changing costumes)

open-ended (allowing for future changes or revisions)

kaleidoscopic; kaleidoscopical (continually shifting or rapidly changing)

jittering (undergoing small rapid variations)

fluid; mobile (affording change (especially in social status))

fluid; unstable (subject to change; variable)

erratic; fickle; mercurial; quicksilver (liable to sudden unpredictable change)

distortable (capable of having the meaning altered or twisted)

checkered (marked by changeable fortune)

astatic (not static or stable)

adjustable (capable of being regulated)

Also:

exchangeable (suitable to be exchanged)

inconstant (likely to change frequently often without apparent or cogent reason; variable)

Attribute:

changeability; changeableness (the quality of being changeable; having a marked tendency to change)

Antonym:

unchangeable (not changeable or subject to change)


Sense 3changeable [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Subject to change

Synonyms:

changeable; unsettled; uncertain

Context examples:

a changeable climate / the weather is uncertain / unsettled weather with rain and hail and sunshine coming one right after the other

Similar:

variable (liable to or capable of change)


Sense 4changeable [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Varying in color when seen in different lights or from different angles

Synonyms:

shot; iridescent; chatoyant; changeable

Context examples:

changeable taffeta / chatoyant (or shot) silk / a dragonfly hovered, vibrating and iridescent

Similar:

colorful; colourful (having striking color)


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