from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- adj. Having the tendency or ability to change; variable.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- adj. Changing frequently; very susceptible to change; variable; fickle.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. Full of change; mutable; inconstant; fickle; uncertain.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Full of change; inconstant; mutable; fickle; uncertain; subject to alteration or variation.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- adj. such that alteration is possible; having a marked tendency to change
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Fortune is proverbially called changeful, yet her caprice often takes the form of repeating again and again a similar stroke of luck in the same quarter.
The little wizard, as Uncle Morris facetiously called her changeful impulses, was her tyrant.
I think the epithet 'changeful' prettier, and, until we know what
Marcus is a typical Sutcliff hero, a dutiful Roman who is increasingly drawn to the British world of "other scents and sights and sounds; pale and changeful northern skies and the green plover calling".
The poet John Betjeman's "early nip of changeful autumn" is about to arrive with a vengeance in the UK, with ground frost and snow on high ground ending the Indian summer.
I could not guess, for his face was less changeful than a bowl of bronze.
Whom changeful Fortune martyrs, guides and thralls!
What's happened to all of us, the once hopeful and changeful?
A World Restored is instead valuable as a metaphor for what can be seen some 150 years later: the great figures of world power at the summit equally oblivious to the changes circling around them while they try to construct a spurious top-down “stability”—just as the most changeful age in history crashes in.
Seeing the actual, changeful behavior of plants in his garden, he began to suspect — a hundred years before Darwin — that new species were somehow emerging.