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a mutable substance
  capable of or tending to change in form, quality, or nature
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  • a mutable substance
  • Love is the world’s infinite mutability; lies, hatred, murder even, are all knit up in it; it is the inevitable blossoming of its opposites, a magnificent rose smelling faintly of blood. —Tony Kushner, THE ILLUSION
    Gillian Flynn  --  Gone Girl
  • She could see through it, as if she were staring through printed fabric: everything going transparent, as mutable as water.
    Cassandra Clare  --  City of Heavenly Fire
  • Newspeak, doublethink, the mutability of the past.
    George Orwell  --  1984

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  • The mutable corners of the pattern tickled her mind like feathers brushed against sensitive skin.
    Cassandra Clare  --  City of Bones
  • This outward mutability indicated, and did not more than fairly express, the various properties of her inner life.
    Nathaniel Hawthorne  --  The Scarlet Letter
  • Man’s yesterday may ne’er be like his morrow; Nought may endure but mutability!
    Mary Shelley  --  Frankenstein
  • Pack leaders were mutable.
    Cassandra Clare  --  City of Ashes
  • I have given these details at the risk of being tedious, because they are in such vivid contrast with my vague, mutable and confused memories of earlier reading.
    Helen Keller  --  Story of My Life
  • The image of a solitary (ipsorelative) mutable (aliorelative) man.
    James Joyce  --  Ulysses

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  • Public opinion is an extremely mutable thing.
    Henrik Ibsen  --  An Enemy of the People
  • When you were drunk or when you committed either fornication or adultery you recognized your own personal fallibility of that so mutable substitute for the apostles’ creed, the party line.
    Ernest Hemingway  --  For Whom the Bell Tolls
  • Even the crystalline structure of a newly forming solid was rendered mutable by one’s mind; Katherine had created beautifully symmetrical ice crystals by sending loving thoughts to a glass of water as it froze.
    Dan Brown  --  The Lost Symbol
  • They would have revived in any case, for he possessed a soul that could suffer but not stifle, and led a steady life beneath his mutability.
    E.M. Forster  --  A Passage to India
  • He had come into a view of mutability, and I too could see that one is only ostensibly born to remain in specified limits.
    Saul Bellow  --  The Adventures of Augie March
  • But these are contrary Faculties; the former being grounded upon principles of Truth; the other upon Opinions already received, true, or false; and upon the Passions and Interests of men, which are different, and mutable.
    Thomas Hobbes  --  Leviathan
  • …the heat of noon retired, To respite his day-labour with repast, Or with repose; and such discourse bring on, As may advise him of his happy state, Happiness in his power left free to will, Left to his own free will, his will though free, Yet mutable; whence warn him to beware He swerve not, too secure: Tell him withal His danger, and from whom; what enemy, Late fallen himself from Heaven, is plotting now The fall of others from like state of bliss; By violence? no, for that shall be…
    John Milton  --  Paradise Lost
  • He did indeed account somewhat unfairly for this sudden change; for besides some hard and unjust surmises concerning female fickleness and mutability, he began to suspect that he owed this want of civility to his want of horses; a sort of animals which, as they dirty no sheets, are thought in inns to pay better for their beds than their riders, and are therefore considered as the more desirable company; but Mrs Whitefield, to do her justice, had a much more liberal way of thinking.
    Henry Fielding  --  Tom Jones
  • It was red, mutable, shrouded in shadows, terrible like her mood.
    Zane Grey  --  The Light of Western Stars
  • An extremely easy amendment process would make the Constitution too mutable.
    Alexander Hamilton, James Madison, & John Jay  --  The Federalist Papers — Modern English Edition 2
  • But fortune ys so varyaunte, and the wheele so mutable, that there ys no constaunte abydyng.
    John Gardner  --  The Sunlight Dialogues
  • Our friendship’s more mutable than that.
    Robert Bolt  --  A Man for All Seasons
  • The boy’s mind flamed with bright streaming images, sharp as gems, mutable as chameleons.
    Thomas Wolfe  --  Look Homeward, Angel
  • In the distance it rumbled, low, deep, reverberating, and near at hand it was a thing of mutable mood.
    Zane Grey  --  The Rainbow Trail
  • It was partly for the sake of that feeling that he had contrived to have this abiding, mutable heirloom shown to him.
    Thomas Mann  --  The Magic Mountain
  • In ages of equality, the human mind takes a different bent; the prevailing notion is that nothing abides, and man is haunted by the thought of mutability.
    Alexis de Toqueville  --  Democracy In America, Volume 2
  • It guards equally against that extreme facility, which would render the Constitution too mutable; and that extreme difficulty, which might perpetuate its discovered faults.
    Alexander Hamilton, James Madison, & John Jay  --  The Federalist Papers
  • Standing waist-deep in a mutable slick of the river, wearing sunglasses, with a cigarette hanging from the corner of his mouth and a fly rod in his hand, Johnson ripped his line off the water and laid a cast upstream.
    Richard Preston  --  The Hot Zone
  • An extraordinary mutability has, by this means, been introduced into their legislation.
    Alexis de Toqueville  --  Democracy In America, Volume 1
  • VOLP: For, when a humid flux, or catarrh, by the mutability of air, falls from your head into an arm or shoulder, or any other part; take you a ducat, or your chequin of gold, and apply to the place affected: see what good effect it can work.
    Ben Jonson  --  Volpone
  • With dispassionate despair, with entire disillusionment, I surveyed the dust dance; my life, my friends’ lives, and those fabulous presences, men with brooms, women writing, the willow tree by the river—clouds and phantoms made of dust too, of dust that changed, as clouds lose and gain and take gold or red and lose their summits and billow this way and that, mutable, vain.
    Virginia Woolf  --  The Waves
  • And at last she realized that sun and light and stars and moon and night and shade, all working incessantly and mutably over shapes and lines and angles and surfaces too numerous and too great for the sight of man to hold, made an ever-changing spectacle of supreme beauty and colorful grandeur.
    Zane Grey  --  The Call of the Canyon
  • Mutable time-awareness danced around him.
    Frank Herbert  --  Dune
  • Shelley, "Mutability," 11. i-v. The picture next presented, by the point of land that the unfortunate Hurons had selected for their last place of encampment, need scarcely be laid before the eyes of the reader.
    James Fenimore Cooper  --  The Deerslayer
  • Ever the mutable, Ever materials, changing, crumbling, re-cohering, Ever the ateliers, the factories divine, Issuing eidolons.
    Walt Whitman  --  Leaves of Grass
  • Two things are surprising in the United States—the mutability of the greater part of human actions, and the singular stability of certain principles.
    Alexis de Toqueville  --  Democracy In America, Volume 2
  • 13 A history of the harmful effects of a mutable government would fill a volume.
    Alexander Hamilton, James Madison, & John Jay  --  The Federalist Papers — Modern English Edition 2
  • Fortunes, opinions, and laws are there in ceaseless variation: it is as if immutable nature herself were mutable, such are the changes worked upon her by the hand of man.
    Alexis de Toqueville  --  Democracy In America, Volume 2
  • Mutable Government Forfeits Respect
    Alexander Hamilton, James Madison, & John Jay  --  The Federalist Papers — Modern English Edition 2
  • 14 A mutable government forfeits the respect and confidence of other nations, and all the advantages connected with national character.
    Alexander Hamilton, James Madison, & John Jay  --  The Federalist Papers — Modern English Edition 2
  • To begin with the most evident of them all; the mutability of the laws is an evil inherent in democratic government, because it is natural to democracies to raise men to power in very rapid succession.
    Alexis de Toqueville  --  Democracy In America, Volume 1
  • He was back in the "den" and saw Hans Lorenz’s narrow head bent down over the pale golden circle of the baptismal bowl, that abiding, mutable heirloom; and he saw him round his lips to form the syllable "great," that pious, somber sound that reminded you of places where as you walked you fell into a reverential, forward rocking motion.
    Thomas Mann  --  The Magic Mountain
  • Mutability Damages Respect
    Alexander Hamilton, James Madison, & John Jay  --  The Federalist Papers — Modern English Edition 2
  • How mutable are our feelings, and how strange is that clinging love we have of life even in the excess of misery!
    Mary Shelley  --  Frankenstein
  • Thus, on the one hand the State is exposed to the perils of a revolution, on the other to perpetual mutability; the former system threatens the very existence of the Government, the latter is an obstacle to all steady and consistent policy.
    Alexis de Toqueville  --  Democracy In America, Volume 1
  • But this objection will have little weight with those who can properly estimate the mischiefs of that inconstancy and mutability in the laws which form the greatest blemish in the character and genius of our governments.
    Alexis de Toqueville  --  Democracy In America, Volume 1
  • This ice is not made of such stuff as your hearts may be; it is mutable and cannot withstand you if you say that it shall not.
    Mary Shelley  --  Frankenstein
  • Why mutable (aliorelative)?
    James Joyce  --  Ulysses
  • Whenever he began to talk of the principles of Ingsoc, doublethink, the mutability of the past, and the denial of objective reality, and to use Newspeak words, she became bored and confused and said that she never paid any attention to that kind of thing.
    George Orwell  --  1984
  • This instinctive centralization has been the only settled point amidst the extreme mutability of their lives and of their thoughts.
    Alexis de Toqueville  --  Democracy In America, Volume 2
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