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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:
Noun1.alterability - the quality of being alterablealterability - the quality of being alterable  
mutability, mutableness - the quality of being capable of mutation
unalterability - the quality of not being alterable
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Perpetually drifting away from themselves in a state of "Wolkenwandelbarkeit," the clouds in Stieglitz's photographs, like aura in the earliest photographs, can be perceived in their entirety, only when we learn to recognize their alterability.
But as the experience of alteration and of alterability it is not simply null and void.
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As Stewart Motha argues in the context of Australian debates with respect to Indigenous land rights, sovereignty must not be understood as unitary or as "One," suggesting that present-day legal struggles over Indigenous claims to sovereignty highlight sovereignty's "supposition and alterability by law" as much as they do its resilience.
Led by veterans of the air war over Korea, Europe, and Japan, the Air Force had difficulty coping with "a dynamic age in which strategic problems arising from the deployment of any single generation of weaponry were transitory--to be supplanted by the next cycle of the arms race--the watchwords of the day were flexibility adaptability, and alterability.