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  1. the power of moving quickly and easily; nimbleness: exercises demanding agility.
  2. the ability to think and draw conclusions quickly; intellectual acuity.
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Origin of agility

1375–1425; late Middle English agilite < Middle French < Latin agilitās. See agile, -ity
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Related Words for agilities

quickness, cleverness, sharpness, swiftness, dexterity, celerity, sprightliness, adroitness, expedition, fleetness, dispatch, liveliness, alacrity, suppleness, acuteness, promptness, activity, alertness, promptitude, briskness

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Historical Examples of agilities

  • After a glance or two at her Domini felt that she was bored by her own agilities.

    The Garden Of Allah

    Robert Hichens

  • She had this advantage, that Fargus was utterly unprepared and ignorant of the thousand agilities of her sex.

    Max Fargus

    Owen Johnson

Word Origin and History for agilities



early 15c., from Old French agilité (14c.), from Latin agilitatem (nominative agilitas) "mobility, nimbleness, quickness," from agilis, from agere "to move" (see act (n.)).

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