# Definition of 'permutation'

countable noun [usually plural]

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. [+ of]

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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

adjective

Word origin of 'permutation'

noun

2.

a.

a complete rearrangement, esp. by interchanging

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Derived forms

adjective

## Example sentences containing 'permutation'

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I heard many of them, in various permutations. Times, Sunday Times (2016)I heard many of them, in various permutations. Times, Sunday Times (2016)Anything less than a victory and the permutations were endless. Times, Sunday Times (2012)So many permutations are possible for either team. Times, Sunday Times (2012)Four matches remain in the group and the permutations are many. Times, Sunday Times (2016)But its permutations are many and wonderful. Times, Sunday Times (2010)Because of the permutations it was different. Times, Sunday Times (2011)There are literally tens of thousands of combinations and permutations. Times, Sunday Times (2007)The permutations and combinations of these molecules are capable of endless elaboration. THE EARTH: An Intimate History (2004)And the number of combinations and permutations is so large as to approach infinity. MANAGEMENT: task, responsibilities, practices (1974)The case studies offered here convey a sense of the range of possible permutations. The Times Literary Supplement (2008)Scratch the surface of this troubling story and it has three possible permutations. 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)The permutations are many, and take away the element of trial and error. Times, Sunday Times (2010)For autumn they came in many permutations, from basic to highly embellished. Times, Sunday Times (2013)From Monday onwards we will be looking at all the different possibilities and permutations. Times, Sunday Times (2010)Ten parties now have MPs and the country was buzzing with possible coalition permutations. Times, Sunday Times (2010)Now there are endless permutations. Christianity Today (2000)So many permutations and possibilities. Times, Sunday Times (2008)Few things have as many permutations as the Grand National form book. Times, Sunday Times (2016)

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