mutation

Part of speech: noun

The act of changing.

Part of speech: noun

Modification; change.

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Usage examples "mutation":

  1. " There was a mild mutation among the settlers there, and the third generation all have this ability. - "The Passenger", Kenneth Harmon.
  2. Such obsolescence of patriotism, however, would not therefore come about abruptly or swiftly, since the patriotic spirit has by past use and wont, and by past indoctrination, been so thoroughly worked into the texture of the institutional fabric and into the commonsense taste and morality, that its effectual obsolescence will involve a somewhat comprehensive displacement and mutation throughout the range of institutions and popular conceits that have been handed down. - "An Inquiry Into The Nature Of Peace And The Terms Of Its Perpetuation", Thorstein Veblen.
  3. This holds good, so far as we know at present, for a small rose- coloured form which is to be reckoned as a mutation. - "Darwin and Modern Science", A.C. Seward and Others.