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Thursday, July 23, 2009

Definitions for protean

  1. Displaying considerable variety or diversity.
  2. Readily assuming different shapes or forms.

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Citations for protean
The [Broadway] musical was ceaselessly protean in these years, usually conventional but always developing convention, twisting it, replacing it. Ethan Mordden, Coming Up Roses
Roosevelt's performance in the civil rights meeting illustrated one of the central operating principles of his protean executive style, a style that transformed the presidency, and the nation: a willingness to delay decisions, change his mind, keep his options open, avoid commitments, or even deceive people in the relentless pursuit of noble objectives. William Doyle, Inside the Oval Office
Origin of protean
1590-1600
Protean is derived from Proteus, an ancient Greek god who had the ability to change his shape at will.