variable
I. adjective Etymology: Middle English, from Anglo-French, from Latin variabilis, from variare to vary Date: 14th century 1. a. able or apt to vary ; subject to variation or changes <
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b. fickle, inconstant 2. characterized by variations 3. having the characteristics of a variable 4. not true to type ; aberrant — used of a biological group or character • variability nounvariableness nounvariably adverb II. noun Date: 1816 1. a. a quantity that may assume any one of a set of values b. a symbol representing a variable 2. something that is variable 3. variable star

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  • variable — [ver′ē ə bəl, var′ē ə bəl] adj. [ME < MFr < L variabilis] 1. apt or likely to change or vary; changeable, inconstant, fickle, fluctuating, etc. 2. that can be changed or varied 3. Biol. tending to deviate in some way from the type; aberrant …   English World dictionary

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