- capable of being moved; not fixed in one place, position, or posture.
- Law. (of property)
- not permanent in reference to place; capable of being moved without injury.
- personal, as distinguished from real.
- changing from one date to another in different years: a movable holiday.
- (of type or matrices) able to be rearranged.
- an article of furniture that is not fixed in place.
- Often movables. Law. an article of personal property not attached to land.
Origin of movable
Examples from the Web for movability
The peril of traversing these plains is greatly increased by the movability of the sand and the Medanos.
- able to be moved or rearranged; not fixed
- (esp of religious festivals such as Easter) varying in date from year to year
- (usually spelt moveable) law denoting or relating to personal property as opposed to realty
- printing (of type) cast singly so that each character is on a separate piece of type suitable for composition by hand, as founder's type
- (often plural) a movable article, esp a piece of furniture
Word Origin and History for movability
also moveable, late 14c., "disposed to movement;" c.1400, "capable of being moved," from Old French movable, from moveir (see move (v.)). A moveable feast (early 15c.) is one in the Church calendar which, though always on the same day of the week, varies its date from year to year. Related: Movability.