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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.
In dealing with the State we ought to remember that its institution are not aboriginal, though they existed before we were born; that they are not superior to the citizen; that every one of them was once the act of a single man; every law and usage was a man's expedient to meet a particular case; that they all are imitable, all alterable; we may make as good, we may make better.
On the other hand, it is observed that in an environment of real decision making we face various complex and alterable factors and for these fuzzy expressions, the decision makers take help from the linguistic evaluations.
'It is an alterable dictum that truth always springs in full splendor no matter how you embellish it or even if you cover it with the Rock of Gibraltar,' he said.
"It is an alterable dictum that truth always springs in full splendour no matter how you embellish it or even if you cover it with the Rock of Gibraltar," he added.
Their topics include traffic safety culture and the levels of value internalization: a list of alterable factors, guidance for measuring and analyzing traffic safety culture, safety citizenship behavior: a complementary paradigm to improve safety culture within the organizational driving setting, workplace road safety and culture: safety practices for employees and the community, and designing and evaluating road safety advertising campaigns.
Not all rifles are readily alterable to switch-barrel use but those that are can offer the shooter a wide range of shooting performance.
In this study, it was also determined that patients with lower general HL level had the reduced control of BP, and lower HL level was an alterable risk factor for uncontrolled BP.
In February 1980, Benjamin Bloom ("The new direction in educational research: Alterable variables") reported that educational researchers had achieved a "revolution" in the study of teaching and learning, thanks to an emphasis on direct observations in classrooms.
No law: no morals, just situational, alterable ethics.