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



mobility (countable and uncountable, plural mobilities)

  1. The ability to move; capacity for movement. [from 15th c.]
    Synonym: mobileness
    • 2015 June 15, Hadley Freeman, The Guardian:
      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.
    • 2022 December 14, David Turner, “The Edwardian Christmas getaway...”, in RAIL, number 972, page 32:
      In the late 19th and early 20th century, the festive season was also a period of great mobility before, during and after Christmas Day. But the railways kept working.
  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.]
    • 2020 July 28, Thomas B. Edsall, “Trump Is Trying to Bend Reality to His Will”, in New York Times[1]:
      The difficulty of rising up the economic ladder is reflected in the decline in mobility in the United States. [] The frustration over the lack of mobility is particularly acute for those without college degrees.


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