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[im-oh-bil-i-tee] /ˌɪm oʊˈbɪl ɪ ti/
the quality or condition of being immobile or irremovable.
Origin of immobility
late Middle English
First recorded in 1375-1425; late Middle English word from Late Latin word immōbilitās. See im-2, mobility Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • One or two minutes' immobility is as much as I can then obtain.

  • The two guards withdrew their pikes and froze into immobility at the sides of the entrance.

    Upstarts L. J. Stecher
  • Her cheeks were blanched, her lips ashy, her immobility amazing.

    The Secret Agent Joseph Conrad
  • The immobility with which he had received her intrusion, was ominous.

    The Patrician John Galsworthy
  • At the command at ease each man keeps one foot in place and is required to preserve silence but not immobility.

  • He turned toward me, perhaps at last surprised by my immobility.

    The Thing from the Lake Eleanor M. Ingram
  • Now how can we create this quality of immobility in the laws?

    Laws Plato
  • He listened in a stillness of dread which resembled the immobility of profound attention.

    The Secret Agent Joseph Conrad
  • The quivering bayonets stiffened into immobility as the Hun officer approached the now alert sentries.

    Billy Barcroft, R.N.A.S. Percy F. Westerman
Word Origin and History for immobility

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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