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[ih-moh-buh l, -beel] /ɪˈmoʊ bəl, -bil/
incapable of moving or being moved.
not mobile or moving; motionless.
Origin of immobile
First recorded in 1300-50; Middle English word from Latin word immōbilis. See im-2, mobile Unabridged
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  • She was determined to sit erect and immobile if the trial lasted a month.

    Mrs. Balfame Gertrude Franklin Horn Atherton
  • But the target of an immobile can lacked in stimulation to concord of nerve and eye.

    Desert Dust Edwin L. Sabin
  • “I think you ought to marry her,” said Spencer, with that immobile look of his.

    The Silent Barrier Louis Tracy
  • E McGinnis looked at Cal; he too was sitting silent and immobile.

    Eight Keys to Eden Mark Irvin Clifton
  • Sims describes the Hawfinch's immobile upper jaw, which is used as a powerful press in cracking the stones of fresh fruit.

  • Her horror was as much for the immobile woman as for the dead man.

    Moor Fires E. H. (Emily Hilda) Young
  • But Khalid could sit there as immobile as the Boss himself, and he did so, billah!

    The Book of Khalid Ameen Rihani
  • The lights of Brent Farm were all out and she went in a dark, immobile world.

    Moor Fires E. H. (Emily Hilda) Young
British Dictionary definitions for immobile


not moving; motionless
not able to move or be moved; fixed
Derived Forms
immobility (ˌɪməʊˈbɪlɪtɪ) noun
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Word Origin and History for immobile

mid-14c., from Old French immoble "immovable, fixed, motionless," from Latin immobilis "immovable" (also, figuratively, "hard-hearted"), from assimilated form of in- "not, opposite of" (see in- (1)) + mobilis (see mobile (adj.)). Hence, immobilism "policy of extreme conservatism" (1949, from French immobilisme).

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immobile in Medicine

immobile im·mo·bile (ĭ-mō'bəl, -bēl', -bīl')

  1. Immovable; fixed.

  2. Not moving; motionless.

im'mo·bil'i·ty (-bĭl'-ĭ-tē) n.
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