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Variety vs Alteration - What's the difference?

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As nouns the difference between variety and alteration

is that variety is the quality of being varied; diversity while alteration is the act of altering or making different.



Alternative forms

* (rare)


  • The quality of being varied; diversity.
  • A specific variation of something.
  • A number of different things.
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  • A state of constant change.
  • (taxonomy) A rank in a taxonomic classification, below species and subspecies.
  • (cybernetics) The total number of distinct states of a system.
  • (cybernetics) Logarithm of the base 2 of the total number of distinct states of a system.
  • (linguistics) A term used for a specific form of a language, neutral to whether that form is a dialect, accent, register, etc. and to its prestige level.
  • The class of all algebraic structures of a given signature satisfying a given set of identities.
  • Synonyms

    * equational variety


    * cultivar

    Derived terms

    * Abelian variety * antivariety * grape variety * variety store * variety show * algebraic variety * affine variety * projective variety * quasiprojective variety * quasivariety

    See also

    * species * information entropy




    (en noun)
  • The act of altering or making different.
  • * 1594 , , Of the Laws of Ecclesiastical Polity ,
  • alteration , though it be from worse to better, hath in it inconveniences…
  • The state of being altered; a change made in the form or nature of a thing; changed condition.
  • * 1892 , ,
  • …and I saw by the alteration in your face that a train of thought had been started.
    (Webster 1913)