from The Century Dictionary.
- noun The state or character of being variable.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.
- noun The quality or state of being variable; variability.
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- noun The quality or state of being
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- noun the quality of being subject to variation
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It is impossible for any one to entertain the idea of variableness of light in relation to light, of truth in relation to truth, nor of the essence of the Only begotten in relation to that of the Father.
The knowledge that we are dealing with a power which is no respecter of persons, and in which is no variableness, which is, in fact, an unalterable Law, at once delivers us from all these terrors.
But all these peculiar and incidental deviations finally return to the original form, showing that these changes have definite limits, and that the alterations observe a specific variableness, which is finally completed by its assuming again the original form.
The underground operation has done a great job the last couple of years, which is why the margins have been increasing in that area and so, to the extent that there were significantly more I'd call variableness to the numbers when we acquired them, the total consolidated number might have been say 70\%, 80\% fixed.
With the natural sun, therefore, there is "variableness," that is to say, real or apparent change of place; there is none with God.
The knowledge of "the alternations of the turning of the sun," described in the Book of Wisdom as a feature of the learning of Solomon, was a knowledge of the laws of this "variableness" and "turning"; especially of the "turning" of its rising and setting points at the two solstices; and St. James may well have had that passage in his mind when he wrote.
"variableness," is a technical word, used by ourselves in modern English as "parallax," and employed in the Septuagint Version to denote the revolutions of the heavenly bodies, described in the thirty-eighth chapter of the book of Job, as "the ordinances of the heavens."
And the second principle is like unto it: — With God is no variableness or change of form.
Hasty censures do indeed subject themselves to the charge of variableness and inconsistency in judgment: and so they ought; for, if you, even you, my dear, were so loth to own a mistake, as in the instance before us you pretend you were, I believe I should not have loved you so well as I really do love you.
Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and cometh down from the Father of lights, with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning.