1. (mathematics, logic) such that the arguments or roles can be interchanged

the arguments of the symmetric relation, `is a sister of,' are interchangeable

Similar to: ↑symmetrical, ↑symmetric
Derivationally related forms: ↑interchangeableness
Topics: ↑logic
2. capable of replacing or changing places with something else; permitting mutual substitution without loss of function or suitability

interchangeable electric outlets" "interchangeable parts

Similar to: ↑replaceable
Derivationally related forms: ↑similarity (for: ↑similar), ↑interchangeableness, ↑interchangeability

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  • interchangeable — [ ɛ̃tɛrʃɑ̃ʒabl ] adj. • 1870; angl. interchangeable (1450), de l a. fr. entre changeable, de changer 1 ♦ Se dit de pièces, d objets semblables, de même destination, qui peuvent être changés l un pour l autre, mis à la place les uns des autres… …   Encyclopédie Universelle

  • Interchangeable — In ter*change a*ble, a. [Cf. OF. entrechangeable.] [1913 Webster] 1. Admitting of exchange or mutual substitution. Interchangeable warrants. Bacon. [1913 Webster] 2. Following each other in alternate succession; as, the four interchangeable… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • interchangeable — index akin (germane), coequal, cognate, comparable (equivalent), convertible, disjunctive ( …   Law dictionary

  • interchangeable — late 14c. (implied in interchangeably), from INTER (Cf. inter ) + CHANGEABLE (Cf. changeable). Related: Interchangeability …   Etymology dictionary

  • interchangeable — is spelt with an e in the middle to preserve the soft sound of the g …   Modern English usage

  • interchangeable  — [adj] identical, transposable changeable, commutable, compatible, converse, convertible, correspondent, equivalent, exchangeable, fungible, interconvertible, mutual, reciprocal, reciprocative, same, substitutable, synonymous, workalike; concepts… …   New thesaurus

  • interchangeable — [in΄tər chān′jə bəl] adj. [OFr entrechangeable] that can be interchanged; esp., that can be put or used in place of each other interchangeability n. interchangeably adv …   English World dictionary

  • interchangeable — in|ter|change|a|ble [ˌıntəˈtʃeındʒəbəl US tər ] adj things that are interchangeable can be used instead of each other ▪ These two words are almost interchangeable. ▪ a camera with interchangeable lenses >interchangeably adv… …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • interchangeable — [[t]ɪ̱ntə(r)tʃe͟ɪnʤəb(ə)l[/t]] ADJ: oft ADJ with n Things that are interchangeable can be exchanged with each other without it making any difference. His greatest innovation was the use of interchangeable parts... Many of his campaign proposals… …   English dictionary

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