commute VERB 1) travel some distance between one's home and place of work on a regular basis. 2) reduce (a judicial sentence, especially a sentence of death) to a less severe one. 3) change (one kind of payment or obligation) for (another).
DERIVATIVES commutable adjective commuter noun.
ORIGIN Latin commutare, from mutare 'to change' ; sense 1 derives from commutation ticket, the US term for a season ticket (because the daily fare is commuted to a single payment).

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  • commutable — [ kɔmytabl ] adj. • 1547; de commuter 1 ♦ Rare Commuable. 2 ♦ Qui peut être commuté. ⇒ substituable; commutation (1o). Éléments commutables. ● commutable adjectif Susceptible de commuter …   Encyclopédie Universelle

  • Commutable — Com*mut a*ble, a. [L. commutabilis.] Capable of being commuted or interchanged. [1913 Webster] The predicate and subject are not commutable. Whately. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • commutable — index convertible, mutable Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • commutable — [kə myo͞ot′ə bəl] adj. that can be commuted; interchangeable commutability n …   English World dictionary

  • commutable — adjective 1 law a punishment that is commutable can be made less severe 2 payments that are commutable can be exchanged for another type of payment …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • commutable — UK [kəˈmjuːtəb(ə)l] / US [kəˈmjutəb(ə)l] adjective 1) a place that is commutable is close enough to allow you to travel there and back to work every day 2) legal a commutable punishment can be changed to one that is less severe …   English dictionary

  • commutable — adjective see commute I …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • commutable — commutability, commutableness, n. /keuh myooh teuh beuhl/, adj. that may be commuted; exchangeable or interchangeable. [1640 50; < L commutabilis, equiv. to commuta(re) to COMMUTE + bilis BLE] * * * …   Universalium

  • commutable — adjective Capable of being commuted …   Wiktionary

  • commutable — com·mut·a·ble || kÉ™ mjuːtÉ™bl adj. convertible, changeable, exchangeable …   English contemporary dictionary

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