Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. That can be substituted, interchanged, or revoked: a commutable prison sentence.
  • adj. Accessible to commuters: "Seattle's next most commutable island is Vashon” ( Islands).

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Capable of being commuted.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Capable of being commuted or interchanged.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Capable of being exchanged or mutually changed; interchangeable.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. subject to alteration or change
  • adj. capable of being exchanged for another or for something else that is equivalent

Etymologies

commute +‎ -able (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Or the code can be brutally direct, as it is in Poussin's Rape of the Sabine Women, whereby the artist constructs a theater of heterosexual rape with a pictorial homosocial subtext--filling the intervals between male figures with the commutable spoils of swords, horses, and--yes--women, signifying an apparent hetero-male structure of commodity overlaid an otherwise evocative, but implicit, homoerotic voyeurism and phenomonology.

    G. Roger Denson: XX Chromosocial: Women Artists Cross The Homosocial Divide

  • From your $6 can of coffee you can make at least 25 full cups--five weeks' worth of commutable caffeine.

    Twenty-Three Ways Your Laziness Is Costing You Money

  • It's the eBay way, and just as eBay revolutionized the world of ecommerce (and eradicated the sole reliance on stores, set prices and accessing things within driving distance), we are now revolutionizing the world of work (and eradicating dependence on office buildings, the same set hours for everyone and working within a commutable distance.)

    Maynard Webb: Adjusting Our Work-Life Balance in the Internet Economy

  • (I assume he always had two since it is the second home allowance he is claiming) Guildford is emminently commutable.

    On Thursday, the Legg report will be published along with...

  • His constituency is commutable and on rare occasions he could take a hotel in London like ordinary folk who work late in the capital do.

    On Thursday, the Legg report will be published along with...

  • I can either spend $300,000 on a house in the ghetto that needs a total rehab, $1,000,000 on a house that is livable and in a safe part of the city, $600,000 for a slightly larger house in a close in, somewhat commutable suburb, or $250,000 for a poorly constructed townhouse an hour and a half from where I work.

    Use Target Savings To Beat Back Lifestyle Inflation | Lifehacker Australia

  • The essay explores the dissonant moments in this allegorical translation from one historical moment to another, but also raises questions regarding the relationship between patriotic performance and the commutable construction of social space.

    Article Abstracts

  • The 14 minutes is commutable by taking the whole population of Greater London most of whom have seen only very marginal changes and who were not in any case coughing their guts up in the fumes.

    Steven Nolan: Five Live Debate on Mcr Transport Greening

  • They eventually chose a $434,000, 2,100-square-foot house less than two miles from Ms. Stroker's job and commutable entirely by bike paths.

    A Different Kind of Bike Tour

  • Now, what the Newspaper Press Fund proposes to do with its money is to grant relief to members in want or distress, and to the widows, families, parents, or other near relatives of deceased members in right of a moderate provident annual subscription — commutable, I observe, for a moderate provident life subscription — and its members comprise the whole paid class of literary contributors to the press of the United

    Speeches: Literary and Social

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