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mutable

adjective alterable, capricious, changeable, changeful, commutable, fickle, fluctuating, inconstans, irresolute, mutabilis, protean, subject to change, transient, uncertain, undecided, unreliable, unsettled, unsteadfast, unsteady, vacillating, variable, versatile, volatile, wavering
Foreign phrases: Nomina sunt mutabilia, res autem immooiles.Names are mutable, but things are immutable. Res est misera ubi jus est vagum et incertum. It is a sorry state of affairs when law is vague and mutable.
See also: aleatory, ambulatory, convertible, faithless, inconsistent, irresolute, noncommittal, pliable, protean, uncertain, unpredictable, unsettled
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The primary contribution of this paper is to propose a security framework of the routing protocol which provides and ensure end-to-end as well as point-to-point authentication and integrity to both mutable and non-mutable fields of the routing frames of HWMP by adding message extension fields to all five HWMP path selection frames (path request, path reply, root announcement, path error, and gate announcement) elements.
Film begins by discussing some of water's more unique chemical properties: While the formula H20 remains constant, the clusters that individual water molecules form are extremely mutable and responsive to outside stimuli.
Wikipedia's defenders counter that the site's mutable, fluid nature engenders a valuable skepticism toward all manner of too-trusted authorities.
Just as an example of how mutable these figures can be, as I write this letter to you I am hearing news on the radio that BHP Billiton--the Anglo-UK dual listed resources company that traces its origins back to South Africa--is believed to be lining up a bid for its competitor Rio Tinto Zinc.
Consisting of competing isometric projections of some topsy-turvy, Escher-like theater, here mutable abstractions bombard the viewer with perpetual motion, metamorphosis, and augmentation or diminution of form, all occurring across a multi-level stage itself composed of refracted and splintered shapes.
A mutable skin of metal panels, laminated glass and louvres animates the facade while random vertical gardens add bursts of greenery.
If supersessionism was just another theological hypothesis and thus mutable, what about Humanae Vitae, Veritatis Splendor, Ordinatio Sacerdotalis and other such doctrines?
Whiteness and blackness, mutable and diverse terms, have, as do all their "colored cousins," histories and can be understood as inventions.
People often argue that human society and the environment are too big, too mutable, too complex to be planned as systems.
Greek philosophers used this theory of transformation and mutable change to explain the existence of universal life.
Those who say the threat is real--and they are in the majority--point out that the virus--called H5N1, or hemagglutinin type 5 and neuraminidase type 1--is highly mutable, which means it could quickly morph into a human contagion or merge with one, yielding an organism that is both deadly and can spread among humans.
The author suggests that 'we shift our analytical gaze away from materialist paradigms and dichotomies between respectable and pauper funerals to consider flexible definitions of grief and mutable notions of respectability'.