mutability

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

mutable +‎ -ity

Noun[edit]

mutability (countable and uncountable, plural mutabilities)

  1. The quality or state of being mutable.
    • 1749, Henry Fielding, The History of Tom Jones, a Foundling. In Six Volumes, volume (please specify |volume=I to VI), London: Printed by A[ndrew] Millar, [], OCLC 928184292:
      He did indeed account somewhat unfairly for this sudden change; for besides some hard and unjust surmises concerning female fickleness and mutability, he began to suspect that he owed this want of civility to his want of horses []
    • Washington Irving
      There rise authors now and then, who seem proof against the mutability of language, because they have rooted themselves in the unchanging principles of human nature.

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