capable of being .
Still, the difference between the great and less man is, on the whole, chiefly in this point of alterability.
English Critical Essays Various
Incidentally we have touched upon a most far-reaching problem: The alterability of human nature.
Human Nature and Conduct John Dewey
1520s, from alter + -able. Related: Alterably; alterability.
causing or producing alteration. something that produces alteration.
the act or process of ; the state of being : Alteration will improve the dress. a change; modification or adjustment: There has been an alteration in our plans. Contemporary Examples Close was so distraught by the alteration that she initially refused to take part in the re-shoot. Return of the Bunny Boiler: Fatal Attraction’s […]
tending to . Medicine/Medical Obsolete. gradually restoring healthy bodily functions. Medicine/Medical Obsolete. an alterative remedy. Historical Examples Its present use is that of an astringent, tonic, and alterative, and also that of an expectorant. Ginseng and Other Medicinal Plants A. R. (Arthur Robert) Harding The alterative medicine was to be given in tablespoonfuls—two tablespoonfuls to […]
to argue or quarrel with zeal, heat, or anger; wrangle. verb (intransitive) to argue, esp heatedly; dispute v. 1520s, “to contend with words,” from Latin altercatus, past participle of altercari (see altercation).