• Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Immutation Change; alteration; mutation.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n immutation Change; transformation; substitution of one thing for another.
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  • Ernest Hemingway
    “It wasn't by accident that the Gettysburg address was so short. The laws of prose writing are as immutable as those of flight, of mathematics, of physics.”
  • Harold S. Geneen
    “I think it is an immutable law in business that words are words, explanations are explanations, promises are promises -- but only performance is reality.”
  • Owen Felltham
    Owen Felltham
    “Perfection is immutable. But for things imperfect, change is the way to perfect them.”
  • Ambrose Bierce
    “An accident is an inevitable occurrence due to the actions of immutable natural laws.”
  • Bhagavad Gita
    Bhagavad Gita
    “Sages speak of the immutable Tree of Life, with its tape root above and its branches below.”
  • Karl Marx
    “Nothing has changed in Russias policy. Her methods, her tactics, her maneuvers may change, but the pole starworld dominationis immutable.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. immutatio, from immutare, immutatum, to change. See Immute


In literature:

The immutable tendency of things peeps out even in the practical aspects of Death.
"Poor Relations" by Honore de Balzac
She had formed it, immutably, in a single second of time.
"The Price of Love" by Arnold Bennett
The province of science lies in truths that are universal and immutable; that of prudence in second causes that are transient and subordinate.
"Blackwood's Edinburgh Magazine, No. CCCXXVIII. February, 1843. Vol. LIII." by Various
By the same immutable law you must offer extraordinary inducements to extraordinary men.
"The Rules of the Game" by Stewart Edward White
Day after day rolls on, and my state is immutable.
"Fifteen Years in Hell" by Luther Benson
To illustrate these immutable principles of strategy, I will give a sketch of the operations of the French at the close of 1793.
"The Art of War" by Baron Henri de Jomini
From finite powers, against whose strength immutable we beat in vain, Or circle round only to find ourselves at starting-point again.
"Lippincott's Magazine Of Popular Literature And Science, No. 23, February, 1873, Vol. XI. No. 23." by Various
But however she arrives at the conclusion, it is immutable.
"Shandygaff" by Christopher Morley
And Grannie, immutable in her aged wisdom and malevolence, pushed out her lower lip at them.
"The Tree of Heaven" by May Sinclair
Her countenance, seen even in dreams, expressed a calm but immutable repugnance.
"The Divine Fire" by May Sinclair
Baron Sonnino had his own policy, which was immutable, almost unutterable.
"The Inside Story Of The Peace Conference" by Emile Joseph Dillon
The sight of this strict and immutable justice of God will render him amiable and adorable in their eyes.
"Woman's Life in Colonial Days" by Carl Holliday
These large, dark, immutable forces, they were not for nothing.
"The "Genius"" by Theodore Dreiser
God is unchangeable, immutable, undivided, unmoved, passionless, undisturbed.
"A Critical History of Greek Philosophy" by W. T. Stace
It proceeded on laws as immutable as the laws of nature.
"The New Gulliver and Other Stories" by Barry Pain
The fundamental truths of Morals are eternal as He to whom they primarily relate, and immutable as the purposes which they subserve.
"The Essential Faith of the Universal Church" by Harriet Martineau
Both these elements of concord are immutable.
"The English Language" by Robert Gordon Latham
But she was merely completely serene in the immutability of her own attractiveness.
"Consequences" by E. M. Delafield
Revelation therefore is not a communication once for all of immutable doctrines which only need to be held fast.
"Outlines of a Philosophy of Religion based on Psychology and History" by Auguste Sabatier
It is stated that the Catholic Church is immutable, and that its immutability establishes its claim to divine origin.
"The Works of Robert G. Ingersoll, Vol. 6 (of 12) Dresden Edition--Discussions" by Robert G. Ingersoll

In poetry:

In immutability I
fill an intruder, lasting
around my man, droll from
"News" by Kenneth Koch
"Ohne hast und ohne Rast,"
Is the immutable decree
Of the present,—of the past,—
Of the future,—and shall be
Long as time itself shall last,
Even through eternity.
"Ohne hast und ohne Rast" by John Bowring
Wonder and sadness are the lot
Of change: thou yield'st mine eyes
Grief of vicissitude, but not
Its penetrant surprise.
Immutability mutable
Burthens my spirit and the skies.
"To The Sinking Sun" by Francis Thompson
Amid so lovely shadows and serene places
dwell radiant beings in one calm attitude
immutable in wisdom and in graces…
but the sovereign boredom of beatitude
prevails on all their faces.
"Elysian Landscape" by Clark Ashton Smith
Gods, grant or withhold it; your "yea" and your "nay"
Are immutable, heedless of outcry of ours:
But life IS worth living, and here we would stay
For a house full of books, and a garden of flowers.
"Ballade Of True Wisdom" by Andrew Lang
When the robust and Brass-bound Man commissioned first for sea
His fragile raft, Poseidon laughed, and "Mariner," said he,
"Behold, a Law immutable I lay on thee and thine,
That never shall ye act or tell a falsehood at my shrine.
"Poseidon's Law" by Rudyard Kipling

In news:

(FORTUNE Magazine) – It's one of the immutable rules of the road: Not all chains are created equal.
LAS VEGAS – Balls, in all their spheric and bulbous forms, are typically governed by the immutable laws of motion.
Here's my analysis of what his five immutable laws of security fragility indicate for CIOs and other IT leaders.
Are Sexual Tastes Immutable .
Security / Five Immutable Laws of Virtualization Security.
But other immutable laws are not so well understood: To survive, an enterprise must make a profit.
As the immutable laws of physics decree, however large a house is, stuff will expand to fill it.
Unfortunately, neutrinos ' immutability also makes them rather difficult to detect.
Team formations were cast in concrete, immutable, a 3-4-3 with three fullbacks, four midfielders and three forwards.
From Globe reporter Donovan Slack's front-page analysis of the Boston Fire Department's immutability.
Ten fingers and toes is one of life's immutable limits.
The immutable verities of today seem dated and clumsy tomorrow.
On a more technical level, Jim's explanation of such concepts as immutable blobs, "the original version is the only version", objects still look like files etc.
The 18 Immutable Laws of Corporate Reputation – A Book Summary.
Lasting change is difficult—many of our habits are deeply ingrained, and certain core personality attributes may be immutable.

In science:

The original facsimile encoding standard is based on “run-length ” encoding followed by Huffman encoding with a fixed, immutable, Huffman code.
The ICECUBE prototype string in AMANDA
The texture cache is read-only memory providing fast access to immutable data.
Accelerator-Oriented Algorithm Transformation for Temporal Data Mining
The backbone of the polypeptide chain endows the protein a skeletal structure composed of optimally packed (4), immutable folds (5, 6), which are resilient to local variations and mutations (7, 8).
Random Network Behaviour of Protein Structures
They are immutable, unique and a manifestation of the unity.
On the Nature of Reality
Special Relativity (SR) was proposed more than a hundred years ago and has allowed for a profound change in our perspective of the fundamental building blocks of physics, namely space and time, which were till then regarded as immutable and absolute.
The experimental status of Special and General Relativity
Here hµν and tµν , respectively, are the degenerate and mutually orthogonal spatial and temporal metrics with signatures (0 + + +) and (+ 0 0 0 ), representing the immutable chronogeometrical structure of the Newton-Cartan spacetime.
Why the Quantum Must Yield to Gravity
Spontaneous emission of an excited atom is not an immutable property of the atom, but it sensitively depends on the photonic spectral density of states that are involved in the atomic transition at the chosen location of the atom.
Spontaneous Decay in the Presence of Absorbing Media
We discuss here the notions of mutable/immutable objects, as well as the notion of context-mutability i.e. the fact that, given that our OO-IP objects are defined in a multidimensional context space, some of these objects are to be constant or mutable across the context space i.e. context-immutable or context-mutable.
Object-Oriented Intensional Programming: Intensional Classes Using Java and Lucid
One interpretation to mutable objects from a valid IP perspective would be that mutable objects could be represented as a stream of immutable objects, where the stream is “recording” the changes in an object’s state in the time dimension.
Object-Oriented Intensional Programming: Intensional Classes Using Java and Lucid
Immutable objects are simply objects whose state (the object’s data members values) does not change after construction .
Object-Oriented Intensional Programming: Intensional Classes Using Java and Lucid
Immutable objects thus expose strict functional behavior throughout their entire lifetime.
Object-Oriented Intensional Programming: Intensional Classes Using Java and Lucid
An immutable object is an object whose evaluation of any of its member always return the same value, behaving like as if all its members would be preceded by const in C++ or static final in Java, and all its functions always return the same value when given the same parameters.
Object-Oriented Intensional Programming: Intensional Classes Using Java and Lucid
Immutable objects work nicely in our view of OO-IP, because of the converse of the reasons provided in the previous section discussing mutable objects.
Object-Oriented Intensional Programming: Intensional Classes Using Java and Lucid
This means that a ”context-immutable object” does not embed any intensional expression, or it may be an object that embeds an intensional expression, but that expression is context-invariant.
Object-Oriented Intensional Programming: Intensional Classes Using Java and Lucid
We can say any traditional Java object is a context-immutable object.
Object-Oriented Intensional Programming: Intensional Classes Using Java and Lucid