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[cheyn-juh-buh l] /ˈtʃeɪn dʒə bəl/
liable to change or to be changed; variable.
of changing color or appearance:
changeable silk.
Origin of changeable
1200-50; Middle English; see change, -able
Related forms
changeability, changeableness, noun
changeably, adverb
nonchangeable, adjective
nonchangeableness, noun
nonchangeably, adverb
unchangeability, noun
unchangeable, adjective
unchangeably, adverb
1. erratic, inconstant, fickle, flighty, unstable. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for changeable
  • The luminous, richly hued backgrounds and changeable lighting create a highly romantic visual dialogue with the performers.
  • Some of the logistical details are changeable in writing groups and not all groups must work the same way.
  • The researchers contend that the adult brain is thus more changeable more quickly than anyone thought.
  • changeable taffeta blouses billow over snug stretch pants, and big silk coats float over long tunics and short skirts.
  • The durability and breathability of cotton make our vest a great choice for layering when traveling in changeable conditions.
  • Mental health diagnosis are incredibly subjective and changeable.
  • Yet excessive piety fits about as well as anything else here, since the film's tone is so changeable.
  • Being prepared for travel in changeable climates doesn't have to mean bringing twice the gear.
  • Skeins of dancers advance across the stage in surging processionals, separating into changeable groups and pockets of stillness.
  • Home run pace, a popular figure with the news media, is rapidly changeable.
British Dictionary definitions for changeable


able to change or be changed; fickle: changeable weather
varying in colour when viewed from different angles or in different lights
Derived Forms
changeability, changeableness, noun
changeably, adverb
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Word Origin and History for changeable

mid-13c., "unstable, inconstant, unreliable," from Old French changeable "inconstant," from changier (see change (v.)) + -able (see -able). Meaning "subject to variation" is from late 14c. Related: Changeably.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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