Permutation meaning

pûrmyo͝o-tāshən
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Any radical alteration; total transformation.
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A complete change; a transformation.

The country's permutation into a modern democracy.

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One possible combination of items out of a larger set of items. For example, with the set of numbers 1, 2 and 3, there are six possible permutations: 12, 21, 13, 31, 23 and 32.
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(mathematics) A one-to-one mapping from a finite set to itself.

This permutation takes each element to the one following it, with the last mapped back to the first.

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(mathematics, combinatorics) An ordering of a finite set of distinct elements.

There are six permutations of three elements, e.g. {abc, acb, bac, bca, cab, cba}.

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(music) A transformation of a set's prime form, by applying one or more of certain operations, specifically, transposition, inversion, and retrograde.
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Origin of permutation

  • From Old French permutacion (French: permutation).

    From Wiktionary