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Having the tendency or ability to change; variable.

change′ful·ly adv.
change′ful·ness n.
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Noun1.changefulness - the quality of being changeable and variable
changeability, changeableness - the quality of being changeable; having a marked tendency to change; "the changeableness of the weather"
capriciousness, unpredictability - the quality of being guided by sudden unpredictable impulses
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or else it is repose proper, the rest of things in which there is vitality or capability of motion actual or imagined." Its power and attraction result from its typological representation of "divine permanence"; "as opposed to passion, changefulness, or laborious exertion, repose is the especial and separating characteristic of the eternal mind and power; it is the 'I am' of the Creator opposed to the 'I become' of all creatures ..." (MP II:257, 256).
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