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agility

[uh-jil-i-tee]
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noun
  1. the power of moving quickly and easily; nimbleness: exercises demanding agility.
  2. the ability to think and draw conclusions quickly; intellectual acuity.

Origin of agility

1375–1425; late Middle English agilite < Middle French < Latin agilitās. See agile, -ity
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  • The agility and bounds of the evening were insured only at a price like this.

    Self-Help

    Samuel Smiles

  • Then, in a second, with an agility absolutely staggering, he was on his feet.

    The Law-Breakers

    Ridgwell Cullum

  • Then, with an agility quite remarkable, he vaulted into the saddle.

    The Law-Breakers

    Ridgwell Cullum

  • Impertinence, gayety, agility, muscle—that was what women loved in men.

    A Spirit in Prison

    Robert Hichens

  • Then Cyprien climbed up a chimney pipe, with the agility of a cat.

    The Flood

    Emile Zola


Word Origin and History for agility

n.

early 15c., from Old French agilité (14c.), from Latin agilitatem (nominative agilitas) "mobility, nimbleness, quickness," from agilis, from agere "to move" (see act (n.)).

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