Definitions

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  • n. The quality of being invariable; invariableness; constancy; uniformity.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The quality of being invariable; invariableness; constancy; uniformity.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Lack of variability or of liability to change; invariableness.

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

  • n. a quality of uniformity and lack of variation
  • n. the quality of being resistant to variation

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Examples

  • In his early years, Linnaeus believed that the species was not only real, but unchangeable — as he wrote, Unitas in omni specie ordinem ducit (The invariability of species is the condition for order [in nature]).

    At What Level did this Evolve?

  • So there is, as we might put it, a core of invariability surrounded by a variable periphery.

    Moral Particularism

  • Still, despite his concerns with Bush's abuses, he explained that he does not support impeachment, because of the timing, not enough time before the election and the regrettable invariability of the process becoming even further political.

    Notes from the Non-Impeachment Hearings

  • The theory of the French writer is that Ibsen's constant aim is to reconcile and to conciliate the two biological hypotheses which have divided opinion in the nineteenth century, and which are known respectively by the names of Cuvier and Lamarck; namely, that of the invariability of species and that of the mutability of organic forms.

    Henrik Ibsen

  • This situation is far from ideal, but the alternative, using data after 1960 and thus incorporating non-temperature- related bias when fitting regression equations as a function of density variability,would invariability produce earlier estimates of past temperature that, to some extent, too warm. esceptico

    What is "Consensus Science" for Proxies? « Climate Audit

  • One has to assume, for example, that a word will mean tomorrow what it means today and what it meant yesterday, just as the scientist has to assume the invariability of natural law, which could never be proven, in order to apply the laws of physics at all.

    "It is better to receive than to give... at least when the subject is guns."

  • This situation is far from ideal, but the alternative, using dataafter 1960 and thus incorporating non-temperature- related bias when fitting regression equations as a function of density variability, would invariability produce earlier estimates of past temperature that, to some extent, too warm.

    Bristlecones, Foxtails and Temperature « Climate Audit

  • This situation is far from ideal, but the alternative … would invariability produce earlier estimates of past temperature that, to some extent, too warm.

    Bristlecones and Sagebrush « Climate Audit

  • The Cartesian philosophy posited two fundamental axioms—the supremacy of reason and the invariability of the laws of nature.

    Sands of Empire

  • This, however, would seem quite incompatible with the “permanent invariability of species,” but the difficulty is overcome by assuming that such varieties have strict limits, and can never again vary further from the original type, although they may return to it, which, from the analogy of the domesticated animals, is considered to be highly probable, if not certainly proved.

    On the tendency of varieties to depart indefinitely from the original type

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