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[fuhn-juh-buh l] /ˈfʌn dʒə bəl/
adjective, Law.
(especially of goods) being of such nature or kind as to be freely exchangeable or replaceable, in whole or in part, for another of like nature or kind.
1755-65; < Medieval Latin fungibilis, equivalent to Latin fung(ī) to perform the office of + -ibilis -ible
Related forms
fungibility, noun
nonfungible, adjective
unfungible, adjective
Can be confused
frangible, fungible. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for fungibility
  • Therefore, increased fungibility of the product improves distribution efficiencies and lowers costs.
  • Another complication raised by the implementation of the ethanol mandate is the loss of fungibility for conventional fuel.
  • Fourth, the regulatory framework needs to account for the fungibility of financial products, actors and markets.
  • However, in the case of money, possession may be the only effective means given its fungibility.
British Dictionary definitions for fungibility


(often pl) moveable perishable goods of a sort that may be estimated by number or weight, such as grain, wine, etc
having the nature or quality of fungibles
Derived Forms
fungibility, noun
Word Origin
C18: from Medieval Latin fungibilis, from Latin fungī to perform; see function
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Word Origin and History for fungibility



"capable of being used in place of another," 1818, a word in law originally, from Medieval Latin fungibilis, from Latin fungi "perform," as in fungi vice "to take the place" (see function). Earlier as a noun (1765).

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