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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 unchangeable
  • It is not used in the sense of unchangeable but as continuing indefinitely in contrast to temporary or transient.
  • At it's worse it is actually an evasion of responsibility because it looks to something innate and unchangeable as the source.
  • If you have an unchangeable travel date or a set budget, you may have to change your priorities.
  • One of those beliefs is that nature is vast and relatively unchangeable by humans.
  • Genetic data are neutral and, as genes are unchangeable, definitely true.
  • Religion conditions people to accept the pronouncements of an unseen, unquestioned, unchangeable authority on faith.
  • Please do not make any unchangeable travel plans until the visa is actually in hand.
  • Applicants should not make unchangeable travel or business plans until their visas have been issued.
  • Thereafter, the consumer should have the ability to negotiate the length of the unchangeable contract in years only.
  • Examples of this type of absence would be vacation plans, unchangeable medical appointments and emergency situations at work.
British Dictionary definitions for unchangeable


not capable of being changed or altered


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 unchangeable

mid-14c., from un- (1) + 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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