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  • n  something that is likely to vary; something that is subject to variation
    the weather is one variable to be considered
  • n  a quantity that can assume any of a set of values
  • n  a star that varies noticeably in brightness
  • n  a symbol (like x or y) that is used in mathematical or logical expressions to represent a variable quantity
  • a  liable to or capable of change
    rainfall in the tropics is notoriously variable
    variable winds
    variable expenses
  • s  marked by diversity or difference
    nature is infinitely variable
  • s  (used of a device) designed so that a property (as e.g. light) can be varied
    a variable capacitor
    variable filters in front of the mercury xenon lights

  • Desmond (a "variable" in "The Constant") was able to moor himself to time thanks to Penny (a "constant").
  • The hottest fight in the insurance business rages around the variable annuity, which would match payments to the rise or fall in 'the cost of living.
  • THE insurance industry is embroiled this week in a first-class row over the variable annuity, the newest gadget in financial security.
News & Articles


  • Christian Noyer in Bloomberg
    Conserving capital "would require some restraint in dividend distribution and, or course, in the overall amount of variable compensation," Noyer said. "In parallel, all possibilities to issue new equity should be exploited."
  • Ahmed Fahour in Sydney Morning Herald
    Unfortunately, the current environment means that the RBA cash rate does not reflect the true cost of funding a home loan anymore,Mr Fahour said. "Even with this additional 0.04 per cent change on variable rate products NAB is continuing...
  • Ben Bernanke in MarketWatch
    Such products could be designed to avoid or mitigate the risk of payment shock and to be more transparent with respect to their terms,Bernanke wrote. "They might also contain features to improve affordability, such as variable maturities...

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