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protean (adj) able to change quickly or do many things

A protean person can change quickly and easily, and do a variety of things. They are capable of doing many different things. A protean actor can do many different roles. Protean, in short, is versatile.

  • While most actors specialized in a few types of roles, Charles Laughton was protean. He could do any role with equal ease and brilliance.
  • Though an engineer by qualification and profession, he was protean. He could write poetry, sing and draw.
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