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interchangeable

[in-ter-cheyn-juh-buh l] /ˌɪn tərˈtʃeɪn dʒə bəl/
adjective
1.
(of two things) capable of being put or used in the place of each other:
interchangeable symbols.
2.
(of one thing) capable of replacing or changing places with something else:
an interchangeable part.
Origin
late Middle English
1400-1450
1400-50; interchange + -able; replacing late Middle English entrechaungeable < Middle French entrechangeable
Related forms
interchangeability, interchangeableness, noun
interchangeably, adverb
noninterchangeability, noun
noninterchangeable, adjective
noninterchangeableness, noun
noninterchangeably, adverb
uninterchangeable, adjective
Synonyms
2. See exchangeable.
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Examples from the web for interchangeably
  • The relationship of nutmeg and mace makes it easy to use them interchangeably.
  • The latter iteration came to be known as the stein, though the two seem to be used interchangeably.
  • Throughout the article the author uses relative inequality and absolute poverty interchangeably.
  • Some make the error of using several of those terms interchangeably, where a clear distinction exists.
  • In reality, the term is used interchangeably to refer to both the city and the lake.
  • Both rating systems, star and diamond, are used interchangeably in the lodging industry to rank hotels.
  • The terms cavern and cave are often used interchangeably and sometimes incorrectly.
  • Wheat and corn are used interchangeably as feed for cows and poultry.
  • It is possible that the captain you spoke with was using the terms interchangeably.
  • When referring to tropical weather systems, the words cyclone, typhoon and hurricane can often be used interchangeably.
Word Origin and History for interchangeably

interchangeable

adj.

late 14c. (implied in interchangeably), from inter- + changeable. Related: Interchangeability.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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