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commūtātĭo, ōnis, f. [id.], a changing, change, alteration (in good prose).

I. In gen.: annuae, Cic. Inv. 1, 34, 59; cf.: tempestatum atque caeli, id. Div. 2, 42, 89: temporum, id. Tusc. 1, 28, 68: crebrae aestuum, Caes. B. G. 5, 1: magnae rerum, id. B. C. 3, 68: ordinis, Quint. 9, 1, 6: subita, Nep. Dion, 6, 1: ventorum, Col. 11, 2, 94: morum aut studiorum, Cic. Lael. 21, 77: civiles, id. Fam. 5, 12, 4.—

II. Esp.

A. In rhet.

1. A figure of speech; a reciprocal opposition or change, = ἀντιμεταβολή (cf. Quint. 9, 3, 85), Auct. Her. 4, 28, 39.—

2. A change in words, pronunciation, or method of treatment, Auct. Her. 4, 42, 54 sq.

B. An exchange.

1. Captivorum, Liv. Epit. 19.—

2. (Acc. to commuto, II. B.) Of words, a conversation, conference, Claud. Quadrig. ap. Gell. 17, 2, 26.