# Definition of 'permutation'

countable noun

A permutation is one of the ways in which a number of things can be ordered or arranged.

Variation among humans is limited to the possible permutations of our genes.

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noun

1. mathematics

a.

the permutations of a, b, and c, taken two at a time, are ab, ba, ac, ca, bc, cb

2.

3.

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## Derived forms

permutational (ˌpermuˈtational) adjective

## Word origin of 'permutation'

C14: from Latin permūtātiō, from permūtāre to change thoroughly; see mutation noun

2.

a.

a complete rearrangement, esp. by interchanging

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## Derived forms

permutational (ˌpermuˈtational) adjective

## Example sentences containing 'permutation'

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But its permutations are many and wonderful.

Times, Sunday Times (2010)Because of the permutations it was different.

Times, Sunday Times (2011) Times, Sunday Times (2007) THE EARTH: An Intimate History (2004) MANAGEMENT: task, responsibilities, practices (1974) The Times Literary Supplement (2008) Times, Sunday Times (2014)That his endless permutations jar the sensibilities of lavishly paid footballers is hardly in itself a cause for complaint.

Times, Sunday Times (2007)It has the potential for supplying us with more combinations and permutations of things than we can readily imagine.

The Constraints of Corporate Tradition (1987)Wasps could go through with as little as a losing bonus point next weekend and there are various other permutations.

The Sun (2007)It will also seriously test the potential of spots in various permutations to sustain an epic show on this scale.

Times, Sunday Times (2011)The result is a whole host of different permutations for hundreds of different vehicles which are produced to the same basic design.

The Global Marketplace (1993)There are many permutations but this is the situation after the weekend's matches.

Times, Sunday Times (2010) Times, Sunday Times (2010) Times, Sunday Times (2013) Times, Sunday Times (2010) Times, Sunday Times (2010)Now there are endless permutations.

Christianity Today (2000)So many permutations and possibilities.

Times, Sunday Times (2008) Times, Sunday Times (2016)## Trends of 'permutation'

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