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[moh-bil-i-tee] /moʊˈbɪl ɪ ti/
the quality of being mobile.
Sociology. the movement of people in a population, as from place to place, from job to job, or from one social class or level to another.
Origin of mobility
late Middle English
1375-1425; late Middle English mobilite < Latin mōbilitās. See mobile, -ity
Related forms
intermobility, noun
nonmobility, noun Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • It was numbers and mobility that determined flotilla types rather than armament or capacity for sea-endurance.

    Some Principles of Maritime Strategy Julian Stafford Corbett
  • He moves continually, because he must coordinate and adapt his mobility.

  • Partial displacement and mobility at the ossifying junction may be observed.

    Manual of Surgery Alexis Thomson and Alexander Miles
  • His mobility, his eagerness, were sometimes now a perplexity, even a pain to her.

    Robert Elsmere Mrs. Humphry Ward
  • It is an example of the way we misled the enemy by our mobility.

    On Commando Dietlof Van Warmelo
British Dictionary definitions for mobility


the ability to move physically: a knee operation has restricted his mobility, mobility is part of physical education
(sociol) (of individuals or social groups) movement within or between classes and occupations See also vertical mobility, horizontal mobility
time that a resident of a secure unit is allowed to spend outside the unit, as preparation for an eventual return to society
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Word Origin and History for mobility

early 15c., "capacity for motion," from Old French mobilité "changeableness, inconsistency, fickleness," from Latin mobilitatem (nominative mobilitas) "activity, speed," figuratively "changeableness, fickleness, inconstancy," from mobilis (see mobile (adj.)). Socio-economics sense is from 1900 and writers in sociology.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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