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v. al·tered, al·ter·ing, al·ters
1. To change or make different; modify: altered my will.
2. To adjust (a garment) for a better fit.
3. To castrate or spay (an animal, such as a cat or a dog).
To change or become different.

[Middle English alteren, from Old French alterer, from Medieval Latin alterāre, from Latin alter, other; see al- in Indo-European roots.]

al′ter·a·bil′i·ty, al′ter·a·ble·ness n.
al′ter·a·ble adj.
al′ter·a·bly adv.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.alterable - capable of being changed or altered in some characteristicalterable - capable of being changed or altered in some characteristic; "alterable clothing"; "alterable conditions of employment"
inalterable, unalterable - not capable of being changed or altered; "unalterable resolve"; "an unalterable ground rule"
2.alterable - (of the punishment ordered by a court) capable of being changed to one less severe
law, jurisprudence - the collection of rules imposed by authority; "civilization presupposes respect for the law"; "the great problem for jurisprudence to allow freedom while enforcing order"
commutable - subject to alteration or change; "the death sentence was commutable to life imprisonment"


Capable of or liable to change:
Archaic: various.


adjveränderbar; to be alterablesich ändern lassen
References in classic literature ?
At night, when our sailors, especially the Moors, were in a profound sleep (for the Mohammedans, believing everything forewritten in the decrees of God, and not alterable by any human means, resign themselves entirely to Providence), our vessel ran aground upon a sand bank at the entrance of the harbour.
It will be safe to the United States, because, being fixed by the State constitutions, it is not alterable by the State governments, and it cannot be feared that the people of the States will alter this part of their constitutions in such a manner as to abridge the rights secured to them by the federal Constitution.
The back panel is alterable with shiny and colourful shell choices, like many other Lumia devices.
Tower Semiconductor , a world-class independent wafer manufacturer, and Virage Logic Corporation , a leading provider of semiconductor intellectual property (IP) platforms, today announced the availability of Virage Logic's patented Nonvolatile Electrically Alterable (NOVeA(R)) embedded memories for production on Tower Semiconductor's 180-nanometer (nm) CMOS logic process.
Motorola has used the same plastic material for the exterior and the same alterable rear shell option stays intact.
The industry pioneer of the first commercially available non-volatile, electrically alterable embedded memory solutions that can be manufactured on a standard CMOS logic process, Virage Logic (Nasdaq:VIRL) today announced IBM (NYSE:IBM) has chosen its Non-Volatile Electrically Alterable (NOVeA) technology to enable its customers to cost-effectively embed small amounts of embedded non-volatile memory in their low power applications.
Motorola has used the same plastic build material along with the same alterable rear shell option on its latest handset.
In addition, the device's back panel is alterable with a choice of bamboo, kevlar and denim panels.
Boys trousers' are non-iron and stain resistant and come with an easily alterable hem, three lengths and three waist types, including elasticated (from GBP9).
Actuate 9 introduces new report development functionality which leverages a single report design that is shareable and alterable throughout the development process.