Meaning of PERMUTATION in English

PERMUTATION

ˌpərmyəˈtāshən, ˌpēm-, ˌpəim-, -myüˈt- noun

( -s )

Etymology: Middle English permutacioun, from Middle French permutation, from Latin permutation-, permutatio, from permutatus + -ion-, -io -ion

1. : exchange of one thing for another as distinguished from a sale for money : barter

2. : a thorough change (as in character or condition) : transmutation , transformation

the permutations … taking place in the physical world — Henry Miller

3.

a. : the act or process of changing the lineal order of a set of objects arranged in a group

b. : an arrangement of a given number of objects

permutations of the three items a, b, and c: abc, acb, bac … — A.K.Kurtz & H.A.Edgerton

— compare combination 1b(3)

• per·mu·ta·tion·al | ̷ ̷ ̷ ̷|tāshən ə l, -shnəl adjective

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