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immobility

[im-oh-bil-i-tee] /ˌɪm oʊˈbɪl ɪ ti/
noun
1.
the quality or condition of being immobile or irremovable.
Origin of immobility
late Middle English
1375-1425
First recorded in 1375-1425; late Middle English word from Late Latin word immōbilitās. See im-2, mobility
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  • Garson relaxed his immobility, and a little color crept into his cheeks.

    Within the Law Marvin Dana
  • He listened in a stillness of dread which resembled the immobility of profound attention.

    The Secret Agent Joseph Conrad
  • Her cheeks were blanched, her lips ashy, her immobility amazing.

    The Secret Agent Joseph Conrad
  • And after the striking of the blow, this respectability was continued in immobility and silence.

    The Secret Agent Joseph Conrad
  • They strained to catch some interruption of the silence and immobility of nature.

    White Fang Jack London
  • After that came a brief period, measured by seconds, of immobility.

  • In a moment while he stood shocked into immobility, the cave was a tiny cell.

    The World Beyond Raymond King Cummings
  • Now how can we create this quality of immobility in the laws?

    Laws Plato
  • He raised his hand, he too, to declare the immobility of the earth.

    Italy, the Magic Land Lilian Whiting
Word Origin and History for immobility
n.

early 15c., from Middle French immobilité (14c.) or directly from Latin immobilitatem (nominative immobilitas), noun of quality from immobilis (see immobile).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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