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mutatis mutandis


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

  • adv. The necessary changes having been made; having substituted new terms; with respective differences taken into consideration.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adv. Having changed what needed to be changed.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Those things having been changed which were to be changed; with the necessary changes.

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

  • adv. with the necessary changes having been carried out


Latin mūtātīs mūtandīs : mūtātīs, ablative pl. past participle of mūtāre, to change + mūtandīs, ablative pl. gerundive of mūtāre.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Latin mutatis mutandis ("those things having been changed which were to be changed"); both words are from Latin mutō ("(I) change"). Mutatis is the ablative plural of the perfect passive participle, and mutandis is the ablative plural of the future passive participle or gerundive. (Wiktionary)


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  • ~ a phrase meaning: (1) ...the necessary changes having been made, or (2) ...the relevant differences having been considered

    January 18, 2009

  • Using "mutatis mutandis" in a sentence:

    "We can in fact only define a weed, mutatis mutandis, in terms of the well-known definition of dirt—as matter out of place. What we call a weed is in fact merely a plant growing where we do not want it."
    —E.J. Salisbury, The Living Garden, 1935

    'One thing that I do remember about the Pyrrhic dance is that it was danced in armour.'

    'I am happy to hear you say so, sir,' said the young man with a smile... 'for it strengthens my point, since we do the same. To be sure, we admit the degeneration that has taken place since Hector and Lysander and we have reduced our equipment in due proportion; but mutatis mutandis, we still drill, or dance, in armour.'
    —Pat O'Brian, The Commodore, p 219

    January 18, 2009

  • "that having been changed which had to be changed" or more commonly, "with the necessary changes"

    Function: adverb
    Etymology: Middle English, from Medieval Latin
    Date: 15th century

    Mutatis Mutandis is the alma mater of Xavier's School for Gifted Youngsters. Charles Xavier and the X-Men recognize that mutants are part of nature, and that they might serve a positive role in society. The world of Mutatis Mutandis is a world where mutants and humans live together. The problems that arise in this world are universal; they include the feelings of being outcast for differences, the fear of the unknown, xenophobia.

    January 18, 2009

  • The school motto for the Xavier Institute for Higher Learning (formerly Xavier's School for Gifted Youngsters).

    October 28, 2008

  • mutatis mutandis – 1) with the necessary changes having been made; 2) with the respective differences having been considered

    July 27, 2008

  • Ninja Turtles have a new look.

    April 11, 2008

  • usage note on Pyrrhic dance.

    March 18, 2008