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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.
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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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For Cixous, female writing extends from ecriture feminine, which "derives pleasure from this gift of alterability. I am spacious, singing flesh, on which is grafted no one knows which I, more or less human, but alive because of transformation" (Cixous 889).
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But as the experience of alteration and of alterability it is not simply null and void.