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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.
Social institutions and agreements are flexible and alterable.
com/defense/889943) reportedly flies in an alterable trajectory with rapid acceleration, allowing it to overcome enemy's missile defense systems.
Making accurate predictions in social sciences is difficult terrain, as, unlike the subject matter of natural sciences, the unit of interest in social sciences is relatively non-homogeneous and easily alterable.
noir de Salem (1986) et Memorial de Maria Moura (1992)", de Julie Brugier, avanza esta discusion sobre las literaturas en las cuales se toman posturas desde la periferia, senalando que esta no es una esencia sino un juego cultural alterable, hasta el punto que estas autoras de las novelas estudiadas por Brugier, Maryse Conde (1937) y Rachel Quiroz (1910-2003), transforman los nichos de sus personajes en centros de las dinamicas culturales en las que las mujeres agencian sus palabras para que las voces perifericas sean escuchadas.
Simulation was implemented on a nonlinear alterable thrust direction UAV, which showed that information fusion-based optimal control improves the anti-wind disturbance performance, better than traditional single-loop method; however, this method was not verified by real flight tests [4, 5].
Low scorers are easily upset, alterable, influenced by emotions, passionately less stable, reactive emotionally.
This possibility raises questions about the relationship between legal and print practices: how did censors ensure that authors did not modify a text in the midst of an easily alterable print run?
Physical inactivity is currently classified as one of the three highest risk behaviors in the development of cardiovascular disease, cancer, and other chronic diseases such as diabetes and obesity, and is the second highest alterable cause of cardiovascular arterial disease (Centers for Disease Control, 2012).
Oceania had always been at war with Eastasia," he wrote in the novel 1984, to show that with total political control, the past is alterable.
The constitution is either a superior paramount law, unchangeable by ordinary means, or it is on a level with ordinary legislative acts, alterable when the legislature shall please to alter it.