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From Middle French mobilité, and its source, Latin mōbilitās ‎(mobility).


  • (UK) IPA(key): [mə(ʊ)ˈbɪlᵻti]
  • (US) IPA(key): /moʊˈbɪlɪti/, [moʊˈbɪlᵻɾi]


mobility ‎(countable and uncountable, plural mobilities)

  1. The ability to move; capacity for movement. [from 15th c.]
    • 2015, Hadley Freeman, The Guardian, 15 June:
      I find the enduring existence of high heels both a frustrating mystery and a testament to the triumph of women’s neuroses over their mobility.
  2. (now chiefly literary) A tendency to sudden change; mutability, changeableness. [from 16th c.]
  3. (military) The ability of a military unit to move or be transported to a new position. [from 18th c.]
  4. (chiefly physics) The degree to which particles of a liquid or gas are in movement. [from 19th c.]
  5. (chiefly sociology) People's ability to move between different social levels or professional occupations. [from 19th c.]

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